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...
Hanukkah: The Jewish Christmas
Posted on 12/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
“Happy Hanukkah!” I have begun to hear these words with increased frequency as I go about my daily schedule. This tells me Christmas is coming up. As I have spent my entire life wearing a kippah...
Why I Don't Decorate For Chanukah
Posted on 12/04/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
I’m in a Jewish Facebook group that, over the past few days, has had a series of posts with hundreds of comments about the availability, or lack of availability, of Chanukah decorations in their local...
Perking Up Hanukkah For Our Children
Posted on 11/28/2017 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
In the Shema we say that we love God and that the things that He taught/commanded us we are to teach to our children. That seems doable to at least a certain extent, but then it goes further and we say that we...
Does This Offend You?
Posted on 11/08/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Imagine opening up your door to greet some trick-or-treaters on Halloween night or showing up to synagogue on Purim evening and seeing a nice 10 year-old girl dressed up as Anne Frank. Well, this is actually a...
Sukkot: The Quintessential Biblical Holiday for the Nations
Posted on 10/03/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
If you’re a Jew and you’ve never heard of any of what I’m about to show you, hold on to your hat, because this will blow your mind. Until I became Torah-observant, I had never heard of the...
Why Kapparot Needs To Be Legal, By Someone Who Hates Kapparot
Posted on 09/25/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Every year right before Yom Kippur, various groups of Jews around the world practice a ritual where they swing a chicken around their head and then slaughter it, symbolically eradicating their year’s...