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...
Is Eating Meat A Jewish Thing To Do?
Posted on 03/22/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
After watching a series of documentaries about the negative health consequences of a meat-heavy diet, I gave up eating meat a few years ago. I didn’t want to die of a heart attack or face the other...
Are Jews of Color Really Jews?
Posted on 03/17/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
In a brand new ELI Talks video, social activist MaNishtana talks about the necessity for Jews to examine their attitudes towards Jews of color. The first few minutes of this 13-minute video sound a little like...
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...
Who’s That Knocking At My Door? A Jewish Dilemma
Posted on 03/01/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
If you live outside an Orthodox community, you may not be aware of how, in many (most? all?) Orthodox communities, people go door-to-door collecting tzedaka (charity). Sometimes it’s for an institution...
Suspicious of Christian Support
Posted on 02/19/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
This might come as a complete surprise to you, but all over the world, there are Christians who love you. Well, maybe not you specifically, but who love the Jewish people as a group. There are Christians who...