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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...

Open Letter To The Women Who Sit In My Seat In Synagogue From The Deaf Woman Who Needs It

Posted on 09/27/2017 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
You do not know me, at least not by name. This year, for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, my assigned seat is directly behind you. But it was not the seat which I needed. The seat I needed was the seat which you...

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...

How Not To Do Teshuva

Posted on 09/24/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Maimonides, in his presentation of the Laws of Repentance (Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Teshuva 1:1) states that the actual mitzvah of teshuva, in requesting forgiveness from God, consists of four parts:1)...

Jewish Political Violence: Nothing New Under The Sun

Posted on 09/19/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Tucked in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the easily forgotten day of Tzom (the Fast of) Gedalia. Generally occurring the day after Rosh Hashanah, this day has been set aside to remember the...

The Target Shipping Snafu and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Posted on 09/11/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
As cleanup from Harvey continues and Irma moves across South Florida, like many, I have been trying to make meaning from these dramatic weather events happening in such close proximity to one another. If...

Struggling to Connect to the High Holidays

Posted on 09/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
I find the High Holidays extremely difficult to connect to. See the vast majority of Jewish holidays incorporate experiential learning into the holiday experience. On Sukkot we literally try to live outside in...

National Despair

Posted on 07/27/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
During these Three Weeks which we are presently experiencing on the Jewish calendar, we are not just marking the historical destruction of our Temples in Jerusalem which threw us into the tragedies of the...

Moving On From Destruction

Posted on 07/18/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
They say that history is written by the winners. This was the sentiment that I felt exactly two years ago when I was sitting under the Arch of Titus during this period known as the Three Weeks. The Three weeks...
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