Fall Holidays 

Akedah Imagery and Hebrew Poetry in the Crusades
Massacre_of_Jews.jpg"For generations, Jews saw in this story a reflection of their history, embedded it in their culture, and even acted upon its example. The First Crusade is one such instance."

By Howard Tzvi Adelman

Nation and Sacrifice: The Akedah and Zionist Ideology

Isaac has come to occupy a paradoxical place in Israeli culture, symbolizing heroism and martyrdom alike.

By Yael S. Feldman

The Akedah and Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan's landmark album of 1965, Highway 61 Revisited, chronicled the Civil Rights movement in America. But it also drew extensively on a seemingly peculiar theme: the Bible.

On Rosh Hashana, Give Peas a Chance
Looking into an African-Southern-Syrian-Jewish
culinary tradition.

By Devra Ferst

Yom Kippur Reflections: On Responsibility


The contemporary relevance of traditional
lessons on leading an ethical life.

By Peter Cole

The High Holidays:
Ancient History and Rabbinic Tradition

A secularist considers the true, historical roots of the fall holidays.

By Rabbi Adam Chalom


Sukkot, Sukes, and the Spirit of Secularism

A harvest holiday offers secular Jews an
opportunity to reflect on and celebrate
progressive values.

By Linda Gritz

What's Left of a Jew Who Has
Abandoned Religion? (A lot.)
Confessions of a secular Jew
(who doesn't repent on Yom Kippur).
By Eugene Goodheart