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A Funeral And The Mitzvah Of An Ordinary Jew

Posted on 09/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Do you know this man? His name is Ari Fuld. And yesterday, in front of a grocery store just south of Jerusalem, this Jewish man was murdered by a teenage terrorist with a knife. He was, quite literally,...

What I Did When Someone Wounded Me

Posted on 09/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Recently, someone took a pretty enormous swipe at me online, accusing me of a serious breach of trust and of causing irreparable harm. The facts cited and the accusations posited are entirely false. The things...

This Elul, You Do You

Posted on 08/16/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When Elul rolls around, Jews who are in sync with the Jewish calendar know that our thoughts turn to teshuva – repentance. That’s a heavy topic. REPENTANCE. It calls up images of falling to...

Repairing The World With Israeli Ingenuity

Posted on 08/07/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
I used to think that being Or LaGoyim, a light unto the nations meant that, if the Jews would create a perfect society, the rest of the world would look on with admiration and want to emulate it. In my...

The Importance of Jewish Family Traditions

Posted on 07/10/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When I was a child, my sister and I had two narrow wooden chests of drawers in our shared basement bedroom. I knew they had once belonged to our maternal grandmother and that they had been part of her bedroom...

A Premature Apocalypse

Posted on 07/09/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Can a novel be a good way to learn about what Jewish tradition teaches about the End of Days and the Final Redemption? Dan Sofer is a novelist living in Tel Aviv. He has written three suspenseful novels, set...

The Hebrew Months of Tamuz and Av for Beginners

Posted on 06/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Tonight, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture in Jerusalem delivered by Rabbi Chaim Richman. Rabbi Richman is the International Director of the Temple Institute and he’s spent the past 30 years...

Finding Your Own Way in Judaism

Posted on 06/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
A few nights ago, my husband and I went to see the Jerusalem production of Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rockstar Rabbi. Soul Doctor is a Broadway musical that tells the life story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. You...

When Old Becomes Invisible

Posted on 05/27/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old; you shall fear your God: I am Hashem. - Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:32 It’s common to feel impatient when standing in a check-out line in a...

Women’s Only Spaces And Spaces Without Women

Posted on 05/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Last night, I went to a Jewish concert by Ayelet HaShachar, a three-woman Baltimore-based band that I have been following since they began performing in 2001. Their first concert was held in Baltimore to raise...
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