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The Seder’s Almost Here – Lets Be Prepared!

Posted on 04/17/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
B”SD The Sages teach us that the month of Nissan is a month where every day is Rosh Chodesh. It is a month of new beginnings – a month that not only marks the beginning of spring’s awakening...

Meritocracy or Not?

Posted on 04/17/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Many of the fierce debates within our current political atmosphere could be reduced to a very simple and fundamental question: Do you believe that our society is a meritocracy or not? A meritocracy is the idea...

A Surprising Lesson About Achieving Life Goals While Cleaning For Passover

Posted on 04/14/2019 by Debbie Sassen in Holidays
Cleaning the kitchen with my kids last night. One of my teenagers puts on music. He ALWAYS puts on his music. And let's just say that I'm not a fan of most of his music.The slow songs are ok. And some...

Women and The Passover Story

Posted on 04/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
The story of Passover, as told in the Bible, is a stirring narrative. And, knowing that Passover is the celebration of the Exodus from Egypt, one might reasonably expect that the Haggadah would retell the...

BLAMING CAIN: AN EXAMINATION OF THE JEWISH CONCEPT OF JUDGING L’KHAF ZEKHUT (Benefit of the doubt)

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Rabbi Dan Ornstein in Beliefs and Practices
Here is an ancient legend about Cain and Abel, which I’ve embellished: The fourteenth of Nisan, Passover eve, was quickly ending in nightfall. Adam the first man, wasn’t looking up at the sky, he...

The History and Paradox of Anti-Semitism

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
People hate Jews. This is not a radical or innovative statement. It’s a reality that all students of Jewish history and contemporary Jews understand on one level or another. Nor is the statement that...

“Reverse Anthropomorphism”

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
A Talmudic passage describing God in a dialectical manner. At the end of each Shabbat, a lengthy prayer, beginning with the words, “VaYetein LeCha…” (“And may He Give you…) is...

So You Have a Jewish Father: A Guide to When Dad is Jewish but Mom is not

Posted on 04/05/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
So you have a Jewish father. You may identify as Jewish. And you may not. You might say that you are half Jewish, or you could just be confused. Any of these answers are completely understandable. You may have...

Finding Simchat Adar in Sefer Vayikra

Posted on 04/05/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
In this happiest month of the Jewish calendar, the month of Adar (well, second Adar, to be specific), we begin the third book of the Torah - Vayikra, or Leviticus. The Sages tell us that “when we enter...

Beyond The Maxwell House Haggadah

Posted on 03/26/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
I didn’t grow up in a religiously observant home. As a result, I don’t have too many Passover memories from childhood. My strongest memory is of my mother telling me that if I wanted to eat bread...
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