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The “natural” symbolism of the Four Species illustrates that natural human goodness is an expression of the divine, even when it isn’t accompanied by full religious commitment.
On the day of their conversion at a synagogue in a suburb of Phoenix last month, Cortes, 53, said he regretted his prior association with the Messianic movement.
The most obvious reason why a good Jew thinks often about the Roman Empire is, of course, historical trauma.
The Four Species refers to lulav (palm branch), hadas (myrtle), arava (willow), and etrog (citron).
As Yom Kippur concluded in Tel Aviv, it's imperative to contemplate the emotions that engulfed the demonstration—emotions that ranged from frustration to anger and even hatred.