Holiday Messages

Read about the significance and meaning of the Jewish holidays throughout the year. Presented in conjunction with the Howard County Board of Rabbis.

Shavuot Message


By Rabbi Daniel Plotkin


Shavuot is the forgotten holiday.  Unlike Passover, it doesn’t have a story of miracles and a big seder.  Unlike Purim no festivities and frivolity of that sort on Shavuot.  There’s no menorah to light, shofar to blow, hut to build or trees to pla…

Yom Yerushalayim Message

Yom Yerushalayim

By Rabbi Sonya Starr

There is nothing more controversial in the Jewish diaspora than Israel.  All one has to do is say “Israel” and we visibly tense up, holding our breath, waiting to see what political, religious and/or ethical position the speaker will take.  The o…

Lag B'Omer Message

Lag B'Omer

By Rabbi Hillel Baron, Lubavitch Center of Howard County

The weeks between Passover and Shavuot are a time of anticipation and preparation, as we retrace our ancestors’ journey from the Exodus to Mount Sinai with our nightly counting of the Omer. They are also a time of sadnes…

Yom ha-Zikaron and Yom ha-Atzma’ut Message

Yom ha-Zikaron and Yom ha-Atzma’ut

By Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

In Israel, Yom ha-Zikaron (Memorial Day), a day of mourning, and Yom ha-Atzma’ut (Israel Independence Day), a day of celebration, are held back-to-back—and very purposefully so: it is a reminder of the heavy price paid fo…

Yom HaShoah Message

Stories are Lessons

By Rabbi Susan Grossman, Beth Shalom Congregation

What would you do if you overheard a child make a religiously, racially, or ethnically disparaging remark to another? What if the perpetrator was an adult speaking to another adult? What if you saw someone threaten someo…