Red Lights & Judaism
Posted on 10/13/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
Sometimes I like to stop at red lights. That might seem weird, but think about it for a minute. Sometimes you want to pick up something that fell by your feet, or start WAZE on your phone, or even adjust a...
Like Water For Torah
Posted on 10/07/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
This past Shabbat afternoon, while I was taking my customary Shabbat afternoon nap, I was awakened by the rolling sound of thunder. My first thought was of the blessing for thunder: Baruch ata Hashem Elokeinu...
Justin Trudeau did T'Shuvah
Posted on 10/06/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
In a few day’s time millions of Jews will gather in synagogues across the globe praying for forgiveness. We have sinned throughout the year. Sinned against God. Sinned against our fellow humans. And...
Jewish Training Wheels
Posted on 10/06/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
On Rosh Hashana, at one of our meals, an interesting question was posed. Why do we have so many holidays bunched together: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot? Would it not be more effective to have them...
An Introduction to the Talmud - Part 2 - What Is In the Talmud?
Posted on 10/02/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
This is part two in a series: An Introduction to the Talmud. For part 1 click here What is the earliest time in the evening to say the nightly prayer of Shema? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did...
The Score Board of Life
Posted on 10/02/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I was sitting in a gymnasium and saw the score board. It hit me that I don’t know if I’m the home team or the visitor. Am I the visitor and God the home team? Or, since I live in Israel, the land...
Praying to Avoid Embarrassment
Posted on 10/02/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Holidays
Praying to Avoid Embarrassment In the prayer that is offered by the congregation between Shacharit and Musaf, on the Shabbat prior to the advent of a new Jewish month, commonly known as “Birchat...
Posted on 09/26/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
The Value of the Question The Torah reading for the Second Day of Rosh Hashanah is the powerful account of the Akeidat Yitzchak [the Binding of Isaac] (Bereishit 22:1-19). We are told how God commanded our...
G-d's Elevator Speech
Posted on 09/26/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
Do you have an elevator speech? In case you are not familiar with elevator speeches they are the thirty second pitch that you give to get noticed. It is called an elevator speech or pitch because it is meant...
An Introduction to the Talmud - Part 1 History
Posted on 09/26/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Where does the Talmud start?” she asked. “What?” I responded, asking her to clarify the question. “Are you talking about the historical context, geographical, temporal,...
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