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The Cringe Worthy Mrs. Maisel

Posted on 01/15/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
I didn’t realize there was anything Jewish about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel before I started watching it. Some friends were raving about the Amazon Prime Video series on Facebook and then I read that the...

Did Trefa Banquet 2.0 Go Too Far?

Posted on 01/11/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
When it comes to rabbinic literature, there is no dearth of statements that bring out a mixture of confusion, wonderment and excitement. The rabbis, in creating a vastly new form of Judaism, were clearly not...

Watch Something Jewish

Posted on 01/09/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Sarah Lefton, Creative Director of BimBam.com had, by her own admission, a mediocre Jewish education. Part of her self-prescribed remedy was to create and market Jewish educational videos.Jewish educational...

Exodus: The Story of a Family

Posted on 01/07/2018 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
Every good story has a beginning, middle and an end. The Biblical book of Exodus is no exception. While most of us know parts of the story, or even read along during Torah reading in synagogue, it is quite...

Making God Real

Posted on 01/03/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When I was younger, God was pretty irrelevant to me. I had no relationship with God and couldn’t have told you whether or not I believed there was a power greater than humanity running the world. Today,...

Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Taboo

Posted on 01/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The modern Jewish community is an extremely introspective group that is seemingly willing to question everything. Want to question the Bible? What took you so long?! Want to question God? Join the club....

Failure From a Torah Perspective

Posted on 12/31/2017 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
By Lianne Heller “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Anonymous What sustained Joseph through the many trials, setbacks, false accusations, and losses he endured...

The Uphill Battle of Teaching Liberal Judaism

Posted on 12/25/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Two men run into a courtroom. This is either the start of a bad joke or a piece of Talmud. In this case, it’s it the latter. They are in the middle of a heated argument. After calming down the pair, the...

I Was Once An Ignorant Jew

Posted on 12/22/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I was born into a Jewish home but given no Jewish education as a child. Judaism to me was no more significant than a series of cultural artifacts – the blue and silver-covered Maxwell House Passover...

Teaching Chanukah in a Catholic School

Posted on 12/19/2017 by Rabbi Elan Adler in Holidays
During my early years in the rabbinate, I was invited to be a hospice chaplain for Jewish families who had no synagogue affiliation. Joining a Methodist reverend and a Catholic priest, the three of us would...
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