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Chanukah with the Governor of Rhode Island

Posted on 12/14/2017 by Rabbi Elan Adler in Holidays
Growing up as an observant Jew in Providence, Rhode Island, I attended the Providence Hebrew Day School, in which my father, of blessed memory, taught in the lower grades. I actually had him as my teacher in...

Ten Expressions You Didn't Know Come From The Bible

Posted on 12/12/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
My husband and I were on a long road trip recently when he casually mentioned that the expression "cream of wheat" comes from the Bible.Turns out, just by speaking English, most of us know a lot more...

Hanukkah: The Jewish Christmas

Posted on 12/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
“Happy Hanukkah!” I have begun to hear these words with increased frequency as I go about my daily schedule. This tells me Christmas is coming up. As I have spent my entire life wearing a kippah...

Finding Our Purpose

Posted on 12/05/2017 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
In our modern world new inventions are brought to our attention almost every day. And discoveries which will hopefully lead to a cure or at least a drug to delay or lessen the effects of a disease are found...

Why I Don't Decorate For Chanukah

Posted on 12/04/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
I’m in a Jewish Facebook group that, over the past few days, has had a series of posts with hundreds of comments about the availability, or lack of availability, of Chanukah decorations in their local...

Why Lies About Israel Are Surprisingly Effective

Posted on 11/30/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I’m going to tell you a few lies: Halley’s Comet will be visible the first week in March, 2018. 91% of people who had college degrees voted for Hillary Clinton during the last American election....

Perking Up Hanukkah For Our Children

Posted on 11/28/2017 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
In the Shema we say that we love God and that the things that He taught/commanded us we are to teach to our children. That seems doable to at least a certain extent, but then it goes further and we say that we...

No More Free Passes

Posted on 11/27/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A couple months ago Sam Harris, the prolific neuroscientist, author, and philosopher was featured in an intense debate with the creator of the Dilbert comics and vocal Trump supporter Scott Adams. The debate...

American Football in Israel: Rockin' the Midot

Posted on 11/23/2017 by Ruti Eastman in Israel
[This post is reprinted, with permission, from Ruti Eastman's (a/k/a Mrs. Coach) new book From Big Whine To Big Grapes: A collection of essays on aliyah and life in Israel, as seen through rose-filled...

What We Can Learn From How a Hasidic Rabbi Comforted the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto

Posted on 11/22/2017 by Guest Blogger in Reviews
When Rabbi Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira penned his last will and testament, he did not know if it would ever be read by his relatives in Israel—or anyone, for that matter. In January 1943 the Ghetto was...
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