Library of Resources and Writings
Tablet Magazine Articles
The Meaning of the Afikoman
The future is in the hands of the children.
Lessons From Sodom and Gomorrah
What happened in the ancient cities that drew the wrath of God?
[The text of the midrash discussed in this article: Genesis Rabbah 49 #21]
What’s the Point of Passover?
Do today’s Seders exist to remember the past, or did past events occur so that they could be remembered later?
This High Holiday poem reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future.
[A note on translating the name of the poem as "Let us Cede Power"]
Kol Nidre’s Conundrum
How can you enter a day of moral repair with words on your lips that annul your past and future promises?
Jewish Exponent Articles
Devar Torah on Tsav (Leviticus)
Gratitude and Fear: A commentary on Dayenu!
Devar Torah on Beha'alotechah (Numbers)
Worldly Connections Help Ensure That Wisdom Will Always Flow
Devar Torah on Matot-Masei (Numbers)
Living in Community Requires Ongoing Compromise
Devar Torah on Devarim (Deuteronomy)
Each Generation Reinterprets Torah
In This Hour: Heschel's Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile
By Abraham Joshua Heschel
Edited by Helen Plotkin, foreword by Susannah Heschel, translated by Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber
Resources for Counting the Omer
Chart of sefirot for counting the omer
Biblical readings about the omer, plus a summary of later interpretations
Connecting the sefirot to the days of creation: Days 1, 2, and 3; Days 4, 5, and 6; Shabbat