November 29, 2023
November 29, 2023

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Rabbi Shawn Zell

Rabbi Shawn Zell has recently returned to New Jersey, after serving at a pulpit in Dallas. He possesses certification in teaching Yiddish. Rabbi Zell is the author of three books.

Articles by Rabbi Shawn Zell

Fowl Language

As one who has a personal dislike towards turkey meat, I am not among the millions of Americans still savoring the flavor of Thanksgiving dinner.

Veterans Day

It has been 105 years since November 11, 1918, when an armistice went into effect between the Allied nations and Germany. It was with unbridled

Seeing Morning Sunshine

Close to three weeks ago, Hamas broke through the barrier that separated Gaza from Israel and proceeded to butcher, mutilate and murder innocent Israelis. As


Recently, my son offered to spare me the time and effort of purchasing the four species for the Sukkot festival. After specifying in a text

Looking for Direction

With the festival of Sukkot mere hours away, I cannot help but feel that the age-old, hallowed practice of na’anuim (shaking of the four species)

Belaboring Work

If there is any one nation that knows about labor, then we Jews ought to take a bow. For centuries, our people were subjected to

Quivers and Quakes

It is the prophet Amos who devotes the opening verses of his eponymous biblical book to asking seven rhetorical questions. Among those questions we find

Invitation to Disaster

No observance of Tisha B’Av is complete without reviewing the sad and mournful incident involving a dinner party in Jerusalem. An egregious error occurred and

Pidgin Yiddish

By Rabbi Shawn Zell Many an article has been written about the great blessing the United States has been to our people. I am not

Planting Some Thoughts

I recall a Yiddish maxim of my teenage years which has remained with me. “Az meh hot nit kayn flaysh, redt men veggn flaysh—If one