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When Yom HaZikaron Got Personal

Posted on 05/07/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
NOTE: Tonight begins Yom HaZikaron 5779, a day in which Israel commemorates fallen soldiers and civilians killed by terrorists. In the evening at 8 PM and again at 11 in the morning, a siren sounds throughout...

I Knew What A Jew Was. Of Course I Did.

Posted on 04/30/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When my daughters were little, we had a cassette tape called Reggae Passover by Alan Eder that we played repeatedly in the weeks leading up to Passover. The album includes traditional Passover songs and...

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...

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...

When You're Convinced Someone Else Is 100% Wrong

Posted on 03/03/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Last week, Jewish Values Online published a blog post with which I not only vehemently disagreed, but found riddled with inaccuracy and unsound reasoning. The title of the offending post is “Extremist...

On Books, Money and Jewish Women

Posted on 02/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
This is a true story about an honest Jewish teenager. And about how Torah guidelines contribute to a more civilized society. Many years ago, from my personal interest in the topic and, okay… I admit it,...

From Jasper, Indiana to Jerusalem: One Woman’s Search For God

Posted on 02/04/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
How many kinds of Jews are there in the world? Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews, Reconstructionist Jews, Reform Jews, Secular Jews and Humanist Jews. Sefardi Jews and Ashkenazi Jews. Zionist Jews and...

Non-Jews Doing Jewish

Posted on 01/29/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I grew up on a street in suburban New York that was populated almost exclusively by Jewish families and Catholic families. I used to think that there was a clear delineation between Jewish things (like Shabbat...

A Biblical Commentary for Rationalists

Posted on 01/02/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
"an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot" - Shemot (Exodus) 21:24 Along with co-author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Dennis Prager, author and syndicated radio talk...

We Wish You A Merry Christmas... or not

Posted on 12/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last week, I got an email from a company I did some business with on behalf of a Jewish client earlier this year. The email included a Merry Christmas greeting. In truth, since I moved to Israel, I don’t...
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