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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...

Why I Walk to Shul: Shabbat as Mindfulness

Posted on 06/04/2017 by Rabbi Micah Streiffer in Holidays
It's raining outside today, which has me thinking about an old joke:Q: What does a bear do when it rains?A: It gets wet. Let’s contrast that to what I do when it rains:First, I check the weather with...

To Shabbat Or Not

Posted on 06/01/2017 by Deb Morbeto in Holidays
Other than the occasional cold or minor family emergency I never miss a Saturday morning Shabbat service. A few months ago I found myself in a bit of a conundrum. There was a political event in DC coming up I...

The Mutation of Antisemitism

Posted on 04/23/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Right after Pesach ends, Israel enters into the "Yoms" - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Rememberance Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror), Yom HaAtzmaut...

What Jews Are Here To Teach The World

Posted on 04/09/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last night, I realized that the rabbi who gave a Torah class I had just attended and the rabbi who wrote a new book about Passover I was just reading, were making the same point.At the beginning of his book...

10 Tips for a More Experiential Seder

Posted on 04/05/2017 by Tali Frank Horwitz in Holidays
by Tali Frank Horwitz I had an amazing, experiential seder 25 years ago. I was a guest for a second seder. I was cautioned ahead of time they “do it differently”. I thought, “Cool, how...

Why Chanukah Isn't About What You Think It's About

Posted on 12/27/2016 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
There are many misconceptions regarding the holiday of Chanukah. One is that it is essentially a celebration of a victory in a war of independence which the Maccabees fought to free the Jewish People from...
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