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...
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...