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With God In The Elevator

Posted on 09/08/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Many years ago, I was living in suburban Baltimore with my family. An old friend had made aliyah about five years before. She and her husband were looking for a new apartment and had found something they...

Dr. Seuss Questions

Posted on 09/01/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
Dr. Seuss asks children if they rather be a cat or a dog. My question is if you would rather pray in a brand new synagogue or an ancient one? The new one is modern and airy, probably with lots of light. The...

"When Elul Comes Calling" OR "How To Do Elul"

Posted on 08/26/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
There’s a Jewish saying that’s especially suitable for this time of year. In the 19th century, Rebbe Nachman, founder of Breslov Chassidut, taught: “If you believe that you can destroy,...

The Essential Call is to Look Forward, Not Back

Posted on 08/07/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
In a previous blog presentation of mine, Torah Advice on Responding to Negative Emotions -- also written to mark the mourning period of The Three Weeks in which we remember the destruction of the Holy Temples...

Spot the Difference

Posted on 07/29/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
During the three weeks, between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av we give extra thought to the destruction of the Temples. But, the Temples were not identical. There were some major differences. If you...

Our Amazing Calendar by Marcia Goldlist

Posted on 07/08/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
Today I received an advertisement for making a personalized Jewish calendar which lets you print a personal picture on the calendar for each month of the year. It’s a cute idea and it reminds us that...

Sinai – The Binding of Belief and Knowledge

Posted on 06/05/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
One of the difficulties in approaching the Biblical text is that it describes realities that are vastly different than our own. It describes occurrences which are beyond our comprehension. This further...

SIN AT THE DOOR, SINAI AT HEAVEN’S GATE: A TEACHING FOR SHAVUOT.

Posted on 06/02/2019 by Rabbi Dan Ornstein in Holidays
Here is one part of the Torah’s aching narrative about what Elie Wiesel called the world’s first genocide: In the course of time, Cain brought an offering to God from the fruit of the soil; and...

The Seder’s Almost Here – Lets Be Prepared!

Posted on 04/17/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
B”SD The Sages teach us that the month of Nissan is a month where every day is Rosh Chodesh. It is a month of new beginnings – a month that not only marks the beginning of spring’s awakening...

A Surprising Lesson About Achieving Life Goals While Cleaning For Passover

Posted on 04/14/2019 by Debbie Sassen in Holidays
Cleaning the kitchen with my kids last night. One of my teenagers puts on music. He ALWAYS puts on his music. And let's just say that I'm not a fan of most of his music.The slow songs are ok. And some...
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