A house is not just a house. It has to become a home, which is part of a neighborhood, so you want good neighbors. How do you determine if you are going to have good neighbors?
Passover is coming soon. The first night is Wednesday, April 8 (15th of Nisan on the Jewish calendar). Jews will gather around tables for a meal and a Seder in which we will read from the Haggadah. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and directives for shelter-in-place, some may even do this virtually, observing distancing guidelines where warranted.
A student of the Power of Myth will easily recognize the mythological thread in the stories and legends humanity has told itself throughout the ages. In the largest context, mythology in all of its variety, helps us understand our place in the cosmos and gives meaning to the changes taking place within us and all around us.
When lighting the Hanukkah candles, should one start by lighting all eight candles on the first night and then decrease the number of candles each successive night, or should one start by lighting one candle and increase towards eight? For Hillel and Shammai, two of the greatest rabbis in Jewish history, the world depended upon their answer.