Today is the 29th day of the omer -- it has been more than 4 weeks since our 1st Pesach seder; about 7 weeks of coronavirus quarantine.  We are 4 days from Lag b-omer, the 33rd day of the omer. (no tachanun on Tuesday)

This is a period of counting -- We count 49 days fr...

April 28, 2020

1. Israel -- Today is Yom ha-Zikaron -- Israel's Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers -- sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, relatives and friends. The War of Independence (1948), the Suez Campaign (1956), the Six-day War (June 1967), the Yom...

April 23, 2020

1.  Tonight begins Rosh Chodesh Iyar, the month Israel officially became a modern state -- 5 Iyar 1948.  Rosh Chodesh begins tonight, for 2 days, through Shabbat.  Today is the 14th day of the Omer, meaning it was two weeks ago last night that we celebrated with our fi...

April 21, 2020

Good morning, 

A.  Today we observe Yom ha-Sho'ah -- Holocaust Memorial Day.  Today is also the 12th day of the Omer.  

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, communal Yom ha-Sho'ah gatherings, some which were scheduled for Sundays, were cancelled this y...

April 8, 2020

I send you four sections, on Pesach eve -- (a) News, (b) Rate Figures, (c) Seder, and (d) Creative Videos

A.  News -- Although apparently no members of Traditional Congregation or their immediate families have been infected, some extended family members either have cont...

April 3, 2020

Good afternoon, Shabbat Shalom, and chag Kasher v-sam'ech, 

A.  As we are now into weeks of physical distancing due to Covid-19, and as the news unfolds with huge numbers people who have been infected -- over a million world-wide -- a harsh, sad reality is beginnin...