“To Preserve, Perform and Fulfill” – Writing Your Living Torah
Posted on 08/18/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
BS”D “To Preserve, Perform and Fulfill” – Writing Your Living Torah Not all of us consider ourselves writers, but at countless times in our lives, all of us write. Sometimes we write...
Dancing in a Circle
Posted on 08/18/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
In the summer there tends to be a lot of weddings. And at Jewish weddings there is often at least one traditional hora or Jewish circle dance. Circle dances are the oldest form of dance, and I don’t mean...
Learning About Judaism From Non-Jews
Posted on 08/13/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
My husband tells the story about how, some years ago, immediately following the High Holidays, a Jewish woman made an appointment to meet with him in his synagogue office. She introduced herself and explained...
The Ancient Jewish Debate About the Nature of Jewishness
Posted on 08/12/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Jewish identity is confusing. Are we a religion, nationality, race, ethnicity or some mixture of all the above? This fundamentally important topic is one that I have devoted a multiplicity of articles to...
Righting an Injustice
Posted on 08/12/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I love when things happen that mimic something in the Bible. It makes the story come alive and show its relevance. Here is a case in point and the timing is spot on. We recently finished reading the Torah...
The Essential Call is to Look Forward, Not Back
Posted on 08/07/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
In a previous blog presentation of mine, Torah Advice on Responding to Negative Emotions -- also written to mark the mourning period of The Three Weeks in which we remember the destruction of the Holy Temples...
The First and Only Hasidic Female Rabbi
Posted on 08/05/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Imagine a woman standing in front of a congregation, tefillin and tallit adorn, expounding on the weekly Torah portion. Now this is nothing new, you may be thinking. Within the non-Orthodox Jewish sphere...
The Values of “Pleasantness” and “Peacefulness”
Posted on 08/05/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
Derachecha Darchei Noam On days when the Torah is publicly read, i.e., Shabbat morning and afternoon, Yamim Tovim (holidays) mornings, Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of a new Jewish month) mornings, Fast Days...
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