We are all more likely to read a story if we feel a direct connection. That’s why the fact that a Jewish boy died brought the horror of the Newtown rampage even closer to home.
Rabbi Shaul Praver moved many to tears when he recited El Maleh Rachamim, a prayer of mourning, at last night’s vigil for those killed in the deadly rampage in Newtown, Conn.
A familiar prayer about a ‘fallen sukkah’ has little to do with Sukkot. Philologos explores its origins and a strange link to a made-for-TV drama.