Vesak: Birthday of the Buddha

Today, around the world, people are celebrating Vesak, the birthday of the Buddha.  For many of us in Western culture, this day is a complete enigma.  Luckily, we have Zack Burns, an English major at Middle Tennessee State University, to help us with a brief overview of the holiday.  I met Zack at Congregation Yeshuat Yisrael …

Can I get a witness?

Today marks a monumental day. No, not the day before Friday and your big weekend plans. Today is the fortieth day of the Easter season, a day known as The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, or Ascension Day. St. Luke writes about this event in first chapter of The Acts of the Apostles. …

New Beginnings

What a wonderful time of year! For many of you, dear readers, spring is in the air. Temperatures are rising, flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, and if you’re lucky you might get caught in one of those refreshing afternoon showers. Additionally, this is the time of year that many young people have …

Easter 2018, Pesach 5778

“Allelulia, He is risen!” – What a joyous phrase. This is the time of year that we celebrate Christ’s victory over death, and our liberation from the wages of sin. For close to two millennia, Christians around the world have celebrated Easter, this holiest of days. While this is indeed an event to be celebrated …

YOAM is Yours

I am in awe of the sheer power of youth. There is a veracity that that comes only from the unencumbered nature of youth, as we’ve seen across this globe in recent days.  There is a resilience built into the DNA of youth that allows them to persist against all voices that say they shouldn’t.  …