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Dancing in a Circle

Posted on 08/18/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
In the summer there tends to be a lot of weddings. And at Jewish weddings there is often at least one traditional hora or Jewish circle dance. Circle dances are the oldest form of dance, and I don’t mean...

Righting an Injustice

Posted on 08/12/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I love when things happen that mimic something in the Bible. It makes the story come alive and show its relevance. Here is a case in point and the timing is spot on. We recently finished reading the Torah...

What Does Star Wars Have to Do with Finishing a Book of the Torah?

Posted on 08/05/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
In the seven Star Wars movies the saying, “May the Force be with you” is used sixteen times. “May the Force be with us” is used twice, as is “The Force will be with you.”...

Spot the Difference

Posted on 07/29/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
During the three weeks, between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av we give extra thought to the destruction of the Temples. But, the Temples were not identical. There were some major differences. If you...

Letís Turn Parentsí Day on its Head

Posted on 07/22/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
As I looked up some holidays I found that July 28th is Parents’ Day. I have never heard of it before. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of every July. Well, I guess that makes sense since...

Our Amazing Calendar by Marcia Goldlist

Posted on 07/08/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
Today I received an advertisement for making a personalized Jewish calendar which lets you print a personal picture on the calendar for each month of the year. It’s a cute idea and it reminds us that...

What's Jewish About Pi Day?

Posted on 03/14/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
Pi Day is celebrated on the 14th day of the third month because pi equals 3.14. (The three corresponds to the third month which is March and the .14 relates to the 14th day.) Really pi equals 3.1415926535 and...

Exodus: The Story of a Family

Posted on 01/07/2018 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
Every good story has a beginning, middle and an end. The Biblical book of Exodus is no exception. While most of us know parts of the story, or even read along during Torah reading in synagogue, it is quite...

Finding Our Purpose

Posted on 12/05/2017 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
In our modern world new inventions are brought to our attention almost every day. And discoveries which will hopefully lead to a cure or at least a drug to delay or lessen the effects of a disease are found...

Perking Up Hanukkah For Our Children

Posted on 11/28/2017 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
In the Shema we say that we love God and that the things that He taught/commanded us we are to teach to our children. That seems doable to at least a certain extent, but then it goes further and we say that we...
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