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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...

The Five People You Meet In Dallas

Posted on 11/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
This was originally going to be a blog post about the jarring things I saw on a recent trip to America. Hashem sent my husband and me to Dallas, TX to meet with Christians. After living so long in Israel,...

Why The World Needed Yet Another English Translation Of The Torah

Posted on 10/30/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Chances are, you have a translation of the Five Books of Moses on your bookshelf. You may even know that, in Hebrew, it’s called a Chumash, which comes from chamesh, the Hebrew word for five. The...

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,...
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