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“To Preserve, Perform and Fulfill” – Writing Your Living Torah

Posted on 08/18/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
BS”D “To Preserve, Perform and Fulfill” – Writing Your Living Torah Not all of us consider ourselves writers, but at countless times in our lives, all of us write. Sometimes we write...

A Somber Re-Watching of Don't Mess with the Zohan - and Why Israel Advocacy is Failing

Posted on 08/18/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There is a long list of reasons as to why Don't Mess With The Zohan probably wouldn’t have been made in 2019. The ubiquity of politically incorrect humor, replete with racial and gender stereotypes...

Dancing in a Circle

Posted on 08/18/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
In the summer there tends to be a lot of weddings. And at Jewish weddings there is often at least one traditional hora or Jewish circle dance. Circle dances are the oldest form of dance, and I don’t mean...

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...

The Ancient Jewish Debate About the Nature of Jewishness

Posted on 08/12/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Jewish identity is confusing. Are we a religion, nationality, race, ethnicity or some mixture of all the above? This fundamentally important topic is one that I have devoted a multiplicity of articles to...

Righting an Injustice

Posted on 08/12/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I love when things happen that mimic something in the Bible. It makes the story come alive and show its relevance. Here is a case in point and the timing is spot on. We recently finished reading the Torah...

The First and Only Hasidic Female Rabbi

Posted on 08/05/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Imagine a woman standing in front of a congregation, tefillin and tallit adorn, expounding on the weekly Torah portion. Now this is nothing new, you may be thinking. Within the non-Orthodox Jewish sphere...

The Values of “Pleasantness” and “Peacefulness”

Posted on 08/05/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
Derachecha Darchei Noam On days when the Torah is publicly read, i.e., Shabbat morning and afternoon, Yamim Tovim (holidays) mornings, Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of a new Jewish month) mornings, Fast Days...

What Does Star Wars Have to Do with Finishing a Book of the Torah?

Posted on 08/05/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
In the seven Star Wars movies the saying, “May the Force be with you” is used sixteen times. “May the Force be with us” is used twice, as is “The Force will be with you.”...

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...
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