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Waiting (Wasting) Time

Posted on 12/08/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
We all spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting for a light to change, waiting for a bus or ride to come, waiting for a class to start, waiting in line, waiting for a baby to be born, or a special event to occur....

Pursuing Communal Needs “Be’Emunah”

Posted on 12/03/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
In the third paragraph of a prayer that is recited on Shabbat immediately after the Haftorah is completed, but before the Torah is returned to the Ark, we beseech God that 1) He Bless and duly Reward not only...

Cookie Day

Posted on 12/03/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I kid you not, December 4th is National Cookie Day. (I’m not sure if Cookie Day is celebrated in countries other than the U.S., but wherever you live you are encouraged to eat a cookie in honor of this...

The Answer to the Growing Israel-Diaspora Rift = Torah

Posted on 11/26/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Everyone understands the awkward potential of a large family gathering. Maybe you bump into an aunt or uncle you haven't seen since your bar/bat Mitzvah and brace yourself for a barrage of comments about...

Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/26/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
I am not an American, so as an outsider it is interesting to view how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. For most, it is not about the pilgrims but rather about food, friends and family, and oh yes, perhaps...

One of my Favoriate Torah Scenes

Posted on 11/17/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
One of my favorite scenes in the Torah is in the portion of Vayeira which we read on Shabbat. God is about to destroy Sodom because it has become a despicable place. Abraham wants to try and save the people....

The Ancient Jewish Debate about Modern Israeli Politics

Posted on 11/17/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“...Now appoint us a king to judge over us (so we can be) like all other nations” (1 Sam 8:5)But the Jews aren’t supposed to be like other nations, Samuel thought to himself. And in the...

The Wisdom of a 41 Year-Old Jew

Posted on 11/14/2019 by Hillel Fuld in Beliefs and Practices
How much better is it to acquire wisdom than gold! And to acquire understanding is preferable to silver. - Mishlei (Proverbs) 16:16Ya know how “Old” and “Wise” usually go together?Well,...

Moving On

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
An extended stay at the hospital for my husband in a ward generally meant for people who stay no more than a few days had me thinking. People would come and go and we would have to stay. Sometimes the bed next...

Jewish Practice and Abolishment of Human Sacrifice

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Right outside of the southern wall of the old city of Jerusalem lies a deep valley known as the Valley of Hinnom (Gei Hinnom) or Gehenna. Today as one walks through modern Jerusalem, coming across the Valley...
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