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...
We Arenít 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...
What Makes Wine Kosher?
Posted on 12/16/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
There’s no reason to whine about kosher wine anymore. Kosher wine has come a long way from the syrupy sweet Manischewitz Concord Grape you may remember. Today, kosher wines win awards all over the world....
Praying With Pictures
Posted on 07/03/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
When a Jewish person gets an itch to connect more deeply to his or her Judaism, paying a visit to a local synagogue during a prayer service seems like a good idea. After all, a synagogue is an easy place to...
A Young Woman Volunteers for the Israeli Army
Posted on 04/12/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
When I was still living in the US and longing to make my home in Israel, I used to rent Israeli movies from Netflix. Even if the story line was not my genre, I would watch the movies from start to finish, in...
Why Jews Stay in Israel
Posted on 10/25/2015 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Using a fictionalized account of the author’s own experiences, the just-published novel For Better and For Worse: An Israel Odyssey is a 600-page love story about ordinary life in Israel over the past 25...
Lord Get Me High
Posted on 09/03/2015 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
There’s a mystical Jewish teaching that, in the merit of reciting Psalm 27 every day (some say twice a day), from the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul until after Simchat Torah, a person will have...
How Modern Jews Benefit From Chassidic Tales
Posted on 08/20/2015 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Let’s say you’re not a Chassid. Of what interest is a new collection of Chassidic tales? The Blind Angel: New Old Chassidic Tales is a collection of 37 stories, ranging from chilling to...
When Your Judaism Demands More Than You Can Give
Posted on 08/11/2015 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Shortly after I finished reading Shulem Deen’s memoir All Who Go Do Not Return, about his life as a member of an insular Hassidic community, I gave it to a Shabbat guest to read. I went to take a Shabbat...
Jewish Soul Food
Posted on 07/21/2015 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
I have a friend who worked as a food stylist. He taught me that the pictures of food you see in magazine ads, blogs, infomercials and cookbooks are professionally designed to look spectacular in photos. In...