We Wish You A Merry Christmas... or not
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last week, I got an email from a company I did some business with on behalf of a Jewish client earlier this year. The email included a Merry Christmas greeting. In truth, since I moved to Israel, I don’t...
Women, Wine and Feminine Wiles: A Chanukah Tale
Posted on 12/04/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Every Hebrew School child knows about Yehudah (Judah) HaMaccabee, the Kohen (Jewish priest) who led the Maccabean Revolt against the influence of Hellenism. In many Jewish communities, right next to the...
Sukkot - Jewish Fountain of Youth?
Posted on 10/03/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
The holiday of Sukkot is the holiday of happiness. Literally - when we recite the prayers for the holiday we constantly refer to it as “Zman Simchatenu” - the time of our happiness. I could go...
What I Did When Someone Wounded Me
Posted on 09/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Recently, someone took a pretty enormous swipe at me online, accusing me of a serious breach of trust and of causing irreparable harm. The facts cited and the accusations posited are entirely false. The things...
High Holy Days: On Communal Teshuva
Posted on 09/08/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Teshuva -- roughly translated into English as ‘repentance’ but actually involving much, much more -- is fundamental to Jewish thought and life. It is, actually, the very engine of all Jewish...
This Elul, You Do You
Posted on 08/16/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When Elul rolls around, Jews who are in sync with the Jewish calendar know that our thoughts turn to teshuva – repentance. That’s a heavy topic. REPENTANCE. It calls up images of falling to...
The Call of Introspection
Posted on 07/16/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
As the Three Weeks began, I found myself thinking about the movie “The Gladiator” with Russel Crowe. It is, clearly, a film that presents a motif of good versus evil and we are to feel, in a...
The Hebrew Months of Tamuz and Av for Beginners
Posted on 06/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Tonight, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture in Jerusalem delivered by Rabbi Chaim Richman. Rabbi Richman is the International Director of the Temple Institute and he’s spent the past 30 years...
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...