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When Someone You Know Has a Disabled Child

Posted on 03/24/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
It's not uncommon to be uncomfortable around people with disabilities. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer opens her recent ELI Talk by describing her own discomfort with the disruptive behavior of a child in her...

Is Eating Meat A Jewish Thing To Do?

Posted on 03/22/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
After watching a series of documentaries about the negative health consequences of a meat-heavy diet, I gave up eating meat a few years ago. I didn’t want to die of a heart attack or face the other...

Are Jews of Color Really Jews?

Posted on 03/17/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
In a brand new ELI Talks video, social activist MaNishtana talks about the necessity for Jews to examine their attitudes towards Jews of color. The first few minutes of this 13-minute video sound a little like...

On Separation

Posted on 03/13/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
One of the special pleasures of Purim in my community is that I can fulfill the requirement to listen to the Megillah read without having to sit behind a mehitza. In my Jewish community, as in others around...

Who’s That Knocking At My Door? A Jewish Dilemma

Posted on 03/01/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
If you live outside an Orthodox community, you may not be aware of how, in many (most? all?) Orthodox communities, people go door-to-door collecting tzedaka (charity). Sometimes it’s for an institution...

Suspicious of Christian Support

Posted on 02/19/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
This might come as a complete surprise to you, but all over the world, there are Christians who love you. Well, maybe not you specifically, but who love the Jewish people as a group. There are Christians who...

In Which I Jump to the Wrong Conclusion

Posted on 02/06/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I recently returned from a trip to the US from my home in Israel. Whenever I travel to America, shopping is always part of the journey. Israel has so many wonderful things. But it doesn’t (yet) have...

Living the Bible

Posted on 01/16/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
When you live in Israel, the Bible pops out for you in ways that just aren’t possible anywhere else. When I drive to meet with a client, I follow the signs to Jerusalem. As I cross into the city limits,...

We Aren’t Born Religious

Posted on 01/03/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Steve Sherr is a funny guy. Describing a 16-mile hike he and a college friend took into the Grand Canyon, he wrote, “Paul and I knew about as much about hiking and desert survival as a Navajo Indian...

My Father Died On Chanukah

Posted on 12/27/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
My father died on Chanukah, 22 years ago. In this picture of us together, he was 10 years younger than I am now. When this picture was taken, we didn't yet know it, but his tragedy had already begun. I...
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