After two days of shiva for my wife Ami, z”l, Passover began. That was nearly 10 years ago, but I still remember vividly my feeling of disconnection from the seder and the spiritual disorientation caused by the juxtaposition of my grief with the joy and beauty of Pesach.
Almost immediately after the mass murder at Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, I wondered, what would Hanukkah be like there? Coming so soon after such massive trauma, how would the Festival of Lights be felt in the hearts and spirits of the people?
My goal became to find a liturgical response, a... Read More