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Learning About Judaism From Non-Jews

Posted on 08/13/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
My husband tells the story about how, some years ago, immediately following the High Holidays, a Jewish woman made an appointment to meet with him in his synagogue office. She introduced herself and explained...

I Don't Understand A Thing!

Posted on 07/29/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
No thinking person would give a million dollars to a 10 year-old. A child that age doesn’t have the capacity to manage that kind of money. Putting a huge amount of money into the hands of a 10 year-old...

How God Works: A Credit Card Metaphor

Posted on 07/17/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
First, I want to tell you a small story of something that just happened to us yesterday. The story itself has nothing to do with God and also has everything to do with God.My husband and I were considering...

Old: A Jewish Meditation On Time

Posted on 06/30/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Avraham was old and advanced in years. (Bereshit 24:1) My birthday just happened.I am older than I’ve ever been. I am old: I’m the exact age my father was when he died. The newborn daughter I...

Detoxing From Israel

Posted on 06/13/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
On a recent trip to America from our home in Israel, I read a handful of local Jewish publications. I want to tell you about a particular advice column I saw that jolted me. It made me realize how much where a...

Counterpoint: The Traditional Jewish View of Moshiach

Posted on 06/05/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
In a recent post, fellow Jewish Values Online blogger Moshe Daniel Levine echoed the liberal Jewish perspective that there will never be a Messianic figure. He wrote that, “The liberal Jewish community...

When Yom HaZikaron Got Personal

Posted on 05/07/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
NOTE: Tonight begins Yom HaZikaron 5779, a day in which Israel commemorates fallen soldiers and civilians killed by terrorists. In the evening at 8 PM and again at 11 in the morning, a siren sounds throughout...

I Knew What A Jew Was. Of Course I Did.

Posted on 04/30/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When my daughters were little, we had a cassette tape called Reggae Passover by Alan Eder that we played repeatedly in the weeks leading up to Passover. The album includes traditional Passover songs and...

Women and The Passover Story

Posted on 04/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
The story of Passover, as told in the Bible, is a stirring narrative. And, knowing that Passover is the celebration of the Exodus from Egypt, one might reasonably expect that the Haggadah would retell the...

Beyond The Maxwell House Haggadah

Posted on 03/26/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
I didn’t grow up in a religiously observant home. As a result, I don’t have too many Passover memories from childhood. My strongest memory is of my mother telling me that if I wanted to eat bread...
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