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...
When You're Convinced Someone Else Is 100% Wrong
Posted on 03/03/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Last week, Jewish Values Online published a blog post with which I not only vehemently disagreed, but found riddled with inaccuracy and unsound reasoning. The title of the offending post is “Extremist...
On Books, Money and Jewish Women
Posted on 02/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
This is a true story about an honest Jewish teenager. And about how Torah guidelines contribute to a more civilized society. Many years ago, from my personal interest in the topic and, okay… I admit it,...
From Jasper, Indiana to Jerusalem: One Woman’s Search For God
Posted on 02/04/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
How many kinds of Jews are there in the world? Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews, Reconstructionist Jews, Reform Jews, Secular Jews and Humanist Jews. Sefardi Jews and Ashkenazi Jews. Zionist Jews and...
Non-Jews Doing Jewish
Posted on 01/29/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I grew up on a street in suburban New York that was populated almost exclusively by Jewish families and Catholic families. I used to think that there was a clear delineation between Jewish things (like Shabbat...
A Biblical Commentary for Rationalists
Posted on 01/02/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
"an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot" - Shemot (Exodus) 21:24 Along with co-author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Dennis Prager, author and syndicated radio talk...
We Wish You A Merry Christmas... or not
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last week, I got an email from a company I did some business with on behalf of a Jewish client earlier this year. The email included a Merry Christmas greeting. In truth, since I moved to Israel, I don’t...
The Paradox of Religious Indifference
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I am often bewildered by two opposite trends. On the one hand, I hear from people all the time who are on the periphery of the Jewish community, desperate to get closer. There’s the young man in Kenya...
Women, Wine and Feminine Wiles: A Chanukah Tale
Posted on 12/04/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Every Hebrew School child knows about Yehudah (Judah) HaMaccabee, the Kohen (Jewish priest) who led the Maccabean Revolt against the influence of Hellenism. In many Jewish communities, right next to the...
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