It may be hard to imagine a seder during sheltering-in-place or quarantine. But the Passover seder is a home-based ritual that can be meaningful even when one is homebound. Even the possibility of a solitary seder isn’t new: Talmud teaches that if one is alone at Pesach, one should ask the Four Questions of oneself. […]
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The first time Steve Silbert sketchnoted one of my divrei Torah, I was enthralled. The things he chose to highlight showed me what he found interesting in what I had written. His images uplifted my ideas in a new way. His sketchnote, rooted in my d’var Torah, was also its own piece of Torah creativity. […]
Each month Bayit offers regular video “vorts” (words of Torah / teachings from Jewish tradition) offered in or translated into Spanish, designed for Cuban Jewish communities and available to Spanish-speaking Jews everywhere. This month’s video offering features a teaching from Rabbi Bella Bogart, translated into Spanish by Rabbi Juan Mejia. The text follows the video, […]
Another great review of Beside Still Waters — this one from the Association of Jewish Libraries! Rachel Barenblat, ed. Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal. Bayit: Building Jewish. Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press, 2019. 179 pp. $18.00. (9781934730010). There is a plethora of books, including several recent volumes, on comforting the ill […]
Rabbi Jack Riemer reviewed our first print publication, Beside Still Waters, for the February 2020 edition of the Berkshire Jewish Voice. The review is reprinted below. Buy copies from your favorite bookseller or directly from Ben Yehuda Press, where you can also get a large-print edition. (Discounts are available for bulk orders of 10 or […]
Part of a year-long Torah series on graceful masculinity and Jewish values. אָנֹכִי יְקוָק אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים: I am Hashem, your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slaves. (Exodus 20:2) The Divine Revelation at Mount Sinai was God’s coming out speech. In it, G-d […]
Cross-posted from Velveteen Rabbi: reflections on this year’s innovation retreat. Within moments of arrival we’re talking about how fulfilling it is to learn from each other across the denominations. R’ Evan Krame (The Jewish Studio, Bayit) has designed an icebreaker wherein we withdraw slips of paper from an envelope, each containing a quote, and relate […]
Part of a year-long Torah series on graceful masculinity and Jewish values. וְהָיָה לְךָ לְאוֹת עַל-יָדְךָ, וּלְזִכָּרוֹן בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ, לְמַעַן תִּהְיֶה תּוֹרַת ה’, בְּפִיךָ: כִּי בְּיָד חֲזָקָה, הוֹצִאֲךָ ה’ מִמִּצְרָיִם. And it will be for you a sign on your hand and for remembrance between your eyes so that G-d’s Torah may be in your […]
Palabras del Torá / a “vort” of Torah – R’ David Markus from Bayit: Building Jewish on Vimeo. Each month Bayit offers regular video “vorts” (words of Torah / teachings from Jewish tradition) offered in or translated into Spanish, designed for Cuban Jewish communities and available to Spanish-speaking Jews everywhere. This month’s video offering features […]
Part of a year-long Torah series on graceful masculinity and Jewish values. בֵּן פֹּרָת יוֹסֵף, בֵּן פֹּרָת עֲלֵי-עָיִן; בָּנוֹת, צָעֲדָה עֲלֵי-שׁוּר. A charming son is Joseph, a charming son to the eye; each of the daughters climbed heights to gaze. (Genesis 49:22) Although Joseph was aware of his exceptional desirability, he never relied on […]