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The Importance of Jewish Family Traditions

Posted on 07/10/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When I was a child, my sister and I had two narrow wooden chests of drawers in our shared basement bedroom. I knew they had once belonged to our maternal grandmother and that they had been part of her bedroom...

A Premature Apocalypse

Posted on 07/09/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Can a novel be a good way to learn about what Jewish tradition teaches about the End of Days and the Final Redemption? Dan Sofer is a novelist living in Tel Aviv. He has written three suspenseful novels, set...

The Hebrew Months of Tamuz and Av for Beginners

Posted on 06/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Tonight, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture in Jerusalem delivered by Rabbi Chaim Richman. Rabbi Richman is the International Director of the Temple Institute and he’s spent the past 30 years...

Finding Your Own Way in Judaism

Posted on 06/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
A few nights ago, my husband and I went to see the Jerusalem production of Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rockstar Rabbi. Soul Doctor is a Broadway musical that tells the life story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. You...

When Old Becomes Invisible

Posted on 05/27/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old; you shall fear your God: I am Hashem. - Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:32 It’s common to feel impatient when standing in a check-out line in a...

Women’s Only Spaces And Spaces Without Women

Posted on 05/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Last night, I went to a Jewish concert by Ayelet HaShachar, a three-woman Baltimore-based band that I have been following since they began performing in 2001. Their first concert was held in Baltimore to raise...

Two Jews, Three Opinions: Social Media as Bully Pulpit

Posted on 05/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
The quip, “Two Jews, Three Opinions” is such a truism that I would guess there’s barely an English-speaking Jew alive who hasn’t heard it. We Jews are an opinionated people. And social...

The Alchemy of Tragedy

Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Alchemy is the ancient study of how to change one thing into something else. This past week in Israel was quite an intensely emotional one. This time of year, the State of Israel marks two special days in...

Are We One People?

Posted on 04/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
There's a five-minute video from Shabbat.com making the rounds on social media. I've seen it a number of times on Facebook and on WhatsApp. It features an older, religious Jewish man and a taller,...

A Little Story About What Meir Said

Posted on 03/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
A few days ago, my husband and I had just finished a meeting in Kikar HaMusica - Music Square - in Jerusalem with some new friends from Texas. Walking to our car, we stopped in a makolet, a small Israeli...
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