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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...

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...

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...

On Female Torah Scholarship

Posted on 02/26/2017 by Rabbi Johnny Solomon in Beliefs and Practices
Recently, my Facebook feed has been buzzing with reflections and responses to the Orthodox Union’s position paper regarding female clergy. While many have expressed appreciation for both the content and...

The Bar Mitzvah Tisch

Posted on 02/22/2017 by WLCJ Guest Bloggers in Beliefs and Practices
A father finds a creative new way to introduce his son to the larger community just before his bar mitzvah ceremony.by Steve L. GreeneIn the days before my son Marcus’ bar mitzvah last fall, I realized I...

The Jewish Revelation

Posted on 02/14/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
This Shabbat, in synagogues around the world, we will read Parshat Yitro which contains the account of the Revelation at Sinai. When we think of this overwhelming historical event, we may wonder, though: what...

This Kind of Sibling Love

Posted on 02/12/2017 by Carol Silver Elliott in Beliefs and Practices
Whether we look for Biblical roots or just at those around us, it is not hard to find stories of those who have difficult, strained or even nonexistent relationships with their siblings. From Cain and Abel to...

In Which I Jump to the Wrong Conclusion

Posted on 02/06/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I recently returned from a trip to the US from my home in Israel. Whenever I travel to America, shopping is always part of the journey. Israel has so many wonderful things. But it doesn’t (yet) have...
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