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Posted on 11/10/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
An extended stay at the hospital for my husband in a ward generally meant for people who stay no more than a few days had me thinking. People would come and go and we would have to stay. Sometimes the bed next...

Jewish Practice and Abolishment of Human Sacrifice

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Right outside of the southern wall of the old city of Jerusalem lies a deep valley known as the Valley of Hinnom (Gei Hinnom) or Gehenna. Today as one walks through modern Jerusalem, coming across the Valley...

Hearing the Buttery Voice of God

Posted on 11/03/2019 by Leah Aharoni in Beliefs and Practices
A while ago, I squirreled away the very last pack of butter in the back of the freezer for emergency use. Over the past couple of months, I've been looking around for more to beef up the stock (excuse the...

Feeding the Hungry

Posted on 11/03/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
Feeding the Hungry Yaakov Bieler Many years ago, I recall a student’s once asking me about the wording of the first blessing of the Grace after Meals: Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the...

Desert Survival & Judaism

Posted on 11/03/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I was recently on a desert survival workshop through Tour Adumim in the Judean Desert. It was a good workshop and highly recommended. But I learned more than just desert survival skills. The first thing that...

Explaining Eden- The Deep Philosophical Truth at the Beginning of the Torah

Posted on 10/27/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Man’s banishment from Eden serves as a prologue to the Torah and therefore, by extension, to Judaism as a system of ideas and practice. A mythical story that truly sets up the epistemological background...

Noah's Ark, or I was Unjustifiably Upset

Posted on 10/27/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I was unjustifiably upset. I bought a Noah’s ark toy for my grandchildren. It happened to come with a lot of little pieces, some of which had to be put together. One of the little pieces I found was a...

Adam & Eve

Posted on 10/27/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
What Do You Really Know About Adam and Eve? At this time of year, Jews around the world are beginning again their yearly communal reading (and study) of the Five Books of Moses. Every week, the focus will be...

The Gifts of Being A Certain Age

Posted on 10/22/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
A few months ago, I wrote about turning a new age. Four months later, I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I am this new age.Last week, I was in the car with a wise friend of...

An Introduction to the Talmud_Part 3_Tips for Starting Your Talmudic Journey

Posted on 10/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
This is part three in a series: An Introduction to the Talmud. For part 1 click here. For part 2 click here. There is a famous story in the Talmud of a young and poor Hillel who wanted to learn Torah but was...
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