Sundown, April 5, begins the holiday of Passover (“Pesach”). Jews the world over celebrate the Exodus from Egypt. G-d, Himself, led us from bondage to becoming a unified nation. We remember this momentous event by praying and participating in Seders. As always, the Cruger Avenue Synagogue opens its doors to all, offering FREE Community SedersContinue reading “CELEBRATE PASSOVER”


The holiday of Purim is one of the happiest days on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil. The treacherous Haman planned to annihilate the Jewish people until the virtuous Mordechai and his niece, Queen Esther, thwarted the plan. Through a series of “hidden” miracles, the Jews were saved, while HamanContinue reading “PURIM IS A BIG MEGILLAH”


Chanukah, known as the “Festival of Lights,” is, once again, shining on Jews the world over. An eight-day holiday, this year’s first candle was lit on Sunday, December 18, and will conclude on December 26. From the time we are children, we’re told about the miracle of Chanukah; how a small amount of oil–enough toContinue reading “WE LIGHT UP YOUR CHANUKAH”


The last two days of Sukkot are actually individul holidays–Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah–and are two of the most joyous days on the Jewish calendar. They are considered major Yom Tovs (holidays), and the same laws as Shabbos apply (except for cooking from a pre-existing flame and carrying). Shemini Atzeret offers the prayer for rainContinue reading “COME DANCE WITH US”

TIME FOR SUKKOT The holiday of Sukkot literally translates to the “Festival of Booths.” It commemorates G-d’s protection as the Jews wandered the dessert for 40 years after leaving Egypt. For a week, Jews are supposed to dwell in Sukkahs (huts), eat their meals there and actually even sleep there. The first two days andContinue reading


The holiday of Shavuot commemorates the greatest event in the history of man–the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people! Every Jew alive–and every Jewish neshama (soul)–gathered at Mount Sinai and heard the Ten Commandments being read by Moses (though G-d Himself read the first two commandments out loud). All of Earth (humans andContinue reading “SHAVUOT: THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION”