Why Chanukah Isn't About What You Think It's About
Posted on 12/27/2016 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
There are many misconceptions regarding the holiday of Chanukah. One is that it is essentially a celebration of a victory in a war of independence which the Maccabees fought to free the Jewish People from...
Can Jews Have A Merry Christmas?
Posted on 12/05/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When my oldest daughter was about 3 or 4, she started noticing the sparkly Christmas decorations. One December day, we were shopping in a Big Box store and there, at child’s eye-level, was a singing,...
A Brutally Honest Guide to Preparing for Rosh Hashana
Posted on 09/28/2016 by Reesa Stone in Holidays
by Reesa Stone Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.- Oprah WinfreyThe Hebrew month of Elul is almost over and the month of Tishrei is upon us. Like all Hebrew months, the name Elul...
Repenting for What You Thought Was Right
Posted on 09/26/2016 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Maimonides (Hilchot Teshuva 1:1) states that in the personal and private confession of a person -- necessarily instrumental in describing and reporting on the repentance process - the individual must first...
We Don't Have Any Idea What Jerusalem Really Is
Posted on 08/09/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When my nephew, who is now in his early 30s, attended Reform Hebrew school, he learned the story of Purim. He told me his teacher informed the class that if Mordechai was too hard for them to pronounce, they...
Torah Advice on Responding to Negative Emotions
Posted on 08/07/2016 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
We are presently in the time known as The Three Weeks (this year July 24 – Aug. 14), the saddest period on the Jewish calendar. These weeks are bounded by the 17th day of Tammuz – the date on which...
Calves and Spies and Summertime
Posted on 07/24/2016 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
by Reesa Stone Hate the sin, love the sinnerMahatma GandhiSummer in Israel is almost schizophrenic. On one hand, the kids are on vacation, it’s hot, the pools are full, it’s time to plan a family...
The Jewish People and the Uniqueness of the Revelation at Sinai
Posted on 06/07/2016 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
There are some ‘interesting’ fallacies concerning Judaism that seem to permeate through the understanding of the general population, both Jewish and non-Jewish. For example, Avraham Avinu is often...
The Truth about Challah
Posted on 05/31/2016 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
by Sara Pachter Each week, I look forward to spending Shabbat with my family and friends. One of my favorite parts of the Shabbat preparations is making challah. Truth be told, I have never tasted my challah....
Making Yom HaZikaron Personal
Posted on 05/11/2016 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
by Yishai Fleisher In March of 1995 my friends and I were drafted to the Israeli army. We had passed some grueling tests and were accepted to the Paratrooper brigades, the Tzanchanim. The image of the red...