Happy Jerusalem Day!
Posted on 05/21/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Photo Credit: Sharon Marks Altshul of Real Jerusalem Streets If you look at any newspaper in the world, it certainly seems that there is no country more despised and reviled than Israel. Which is ironic,...
The Marital Cucumber Clue
Posted on 05/17/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
If I spend too much time spent on Facebook, my interpersonal sensitivities can get dulled. I sometimes find myself making snap judgements about others based on what they post or comments they write. I do not...
Watching Someone Die
Posted on 05/10/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Years ago, my husband and I went to be with a close friend as she sat at her mother's deathbed. It was there that I learned that, when we are in the presence of someone near death, Jewish tradition gives...
Thanking Our Friends
Posted on 05/03/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
In synagogue this morning, the day after Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day), my husband was discussing with a neighbor how each of them had spent the festive day. My husband and I had flagrantly...
Dancing With God
Posted on 04/25/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
I expected Dancing with God: How to Connect with God Every Time You Pray to be like a dozen other books about Jewish prayer I’ve read that assume that the person praying is 1) male 2) Orthodox and 3)...
The Mutation of Antisemitism
Posted on 04/23/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Right after Pesach ends, Israel enters into the "Yoms" - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Rememberance Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror), Yom HaAtzmaut...
What Jews Are Here To Teach The World
Posted on 04/09/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last night, I realized that the rabbi who gave a Torah class I had just attended and the rabbi who wrote a new book about Passover I was just reading, were making the same point.At the beginning of his book...
Did I Know You In A Previous Life?
Posted on 03/30/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
We’ve all had this experience. You meet someone new and you feel an instant connection. Or you meet someone new and you can’t understand why you are immediately put off by the person.In traditional...
The Jewish View of Life After Death
Posted on 03/26/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
When I was just starting to learn about Judaism as an adult, I took a 3-week course called “The Jewish View of Life After Death”. At that time, I was working my way through everything Shirley...
When Someone You Know Has a Disabled Child
Posted on 03/24/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
It's not uncommon to be uncomfortable around people with disabilities. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer opens her recent ELI Talk by describing her own discomfort with the disruptive behavior of a child in her...
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