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Fidget Spinners and the Jews

Posted on 05/24/2017 by Dina Newman in Beliefs and Practices
If you’ve seen a kid lately, you’ve probably also seen the newest craze in the toy world: the Fidget Spinner! These three-pronged, ball-bearing, colorful little spinning toys have swept the nation...

The Marital Cucumber Clue

Posted on 05/17/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
If I spend too much time spent on Facebook, my interpersonal sensitivities can get dulled. I sometimes find myself making snap judgements about others based on what they post or comments they write. I do not...

A Jewish Take on the Netflix Show 13 Reasons Why

Posted on 05/16/2017 by Dina Newman in Beliefs and Practices
If you’re at all clued in to the pop culture world, you might be hearing the number 13 a lot lately. Schools, educators, psychologists and parents across the U.S have been abuzz for several weeks now...

What Am I? Denominational Affiliation in a Post-Structuralist World

Posted on 05/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“How would you describe your Jewish affiliation?” or more bluntly “I don’t get it, what are you?” are questions I receive all too often. Well, let me try and explain. I believe in...

Watching Someone Die

Posted on 05/10/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Years ago, my husband and I went to be with a close friend as she sat at her mother's deathbed. It was there that I learned that, when we are in the presence of someone near death, Jewish tradition gives...

Let My People Lead! A Jewish Perspective on Strengths Based Leadership

Posted on 05/07/2017 by Dina Newman in Beliefs and Practices
My life is very Jewish… after undergraduate and masters degrees in Jewish studies, I’ve settled into the field of Jewish education as a Jewish Youth Engagement Professional in New York City....

G-dís Place In The Life Of A Teen

Posted on 05/04/2017 by Deb Morbeto in Beliefs and Practices
"Shabbat Shalom everyone!" my son shouted as we entered the synagogue on a beautiful Saturday morning. "You can sit with Rachel and Hannah as long as you are quiet and respectful." I then...

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...
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