Refuting Shavuot: Holiday of Intermarriage?
Posted on 05/24/2018 by Devorah Fastag in Holidays
NOTE: Jewish Values Online received an extensive refutation of a recent post and we are publishing it on its own, much as we did on the pros and cons of yoga for Jews. The writer of the post Shavuot: Holiday...
Shavuot: Holiday of Intermarriage?
Posted on 05/15/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
The vast majority of Jews who study the Hebrew Bible do so, often unknowingly, through the lens of over 2,000 years of rabbinic exegesis and interpretation. The rabbinic layer attempts to smooth over and...
PESACH: Holiday of Healing
Posted on 03/29/2018 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
By Genendy RadoffFor those of us who have been enslaved by physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or sexual abuse, Pesach is our story and the Seder is our guide to healing. At the Seder, we find the answers...
Happy Passover From the Wicked Son
Posted on 03/26/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
For the past 2000 years, my question on Seder night has been misunderstood. And rather than answer me, you tell me that if I had been in Egypt I wouldn’t have been redeemed. But you are missing the...
A Little Bit of Purim
Posted on 03/04/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
I was home sick and all but missed Purim this year. A friend and neighbor came and read the Megillah for me at home. She did it twice – once in the evening and once again Purim morning.Living where we do...
The Often Overlooked Message of Purim
Posted on 02/27/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
In many ways, the story of Purim epitomizes the battle of good versus evil. The lines are clearly drawn and we know for whom we should cheer and for whom we should not. That is why its celebration is so...
Seeing The Unseen on Purim
Posted on 02/25/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
This past week’s parsha reviews intricate details about the bigdei kehuna, the clothing the Kohanim wore while officiating in the Holy Temple. Our Rabbis have drawn many lessons from the description of...
Teaching Chanukah in a Catholic School
Posted on 12/19/2017 by Rabbi Elan Adler in Holidays
During my early years in the rabbinate, I was invited to be a hospice chaplain for Jewish families who had no synagogue affiliation. Joining a Methodist reverend and a Catholic priest, the three of us would...
Chanukah – The Holiday of Judaism's Oral Law
Posted on 12/19/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Of all the holidays celebrated by the Jewish People over the millennia, the only one that is not mentioned in the Tanach [the Jewish Bible] is the holiday of Chanukah. While there are different books entitled...
Chanukah with the Governor of Rhode Island
Posted on 12/14/2017 by Rabbi Elan Adler in Holidays
Growing up as an observant Jew in Providence, Rhode Island, I attended the Providence Hebrew Day School, in which my father, of blessed memory, taught in the lower grades. I actually had him as my teacher in...