Oh NO, Not Another Hanukkah Article!
Posted on 12/08/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
About a month ago I was ordering a latte at a local coffee shop. The barista, a 40ish year-old man, asked if I minded a quick question about Judaism. “Of course” I responded, always excited to...
Waiting (Wasting) Time
Posted on 12/08/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
We all spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting for a light to change, waiting for a bus or ride to come, waiting for a class to start, waiting in line, waiting for a baby to be born, or a special event to occur....
Pursuing Communal Needs “Be’Emunah”
Posted on 12/03/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
In the third paragraph of a prayer that is recited on Shabbat immediately after the Haftorah is completed, but before the Torah is returned to the Ark, we beseech God that 1) He Bless and duly Reward not only...
Posted on 12/03/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I kid you not, December 4th is National Cookie Day. (I’m not sure if Cookie Day is celebrated in countries other than the U.S., but wherever you live you are encouraged to eat a cookie in honor of this...
Not Your Grandmother’s Judaism
Posted on 11/28/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Many years ago, I attended a memorable talk, delivered by Dr. Lawrence Schiffman. Schiffman is a professor at New York University and his areas of expertise include the history of Judaism in Late Antiquity,...
The Answer to the Growing Israel-Diaspora Rift = Torah
Posted on 11/26/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Everyone understands the awkward potential of a large family gathering. Maybe you bump into an aunt or uncle you haven't seen since your bar/bat Mitzvah and brace yourself for a barrage of comments about...
Posted on 11/26/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I am not an American, so as an outsider it is interesting to view how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. For most, it is not about the pilgrims but rather about food, friends and family, and oh yes, perhaps...
The Hidden Irony of Chanukah Decorations
Posted on 11/21/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Every year around this time, Jewish people begin to comment on social media about the availability, or lack of availability, of Chanukah decorations, Chanukah stamps, menorah-shaped cookies, Maccabee...
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