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Finding Your Own Way in Judaism

Posted on 06/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
A few nights ago, my husband and I went to see the Jerusalem production of Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rockstar Rabbi. Soul Doctor is a Broadway musical that tells the life story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. You...

When Old Becomes Invisible

Posted on 05/27/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old; you shall fear your God: I am Hashem. - Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:32 It’s common to feel impatient when standing in a check-out line in a...

Women’s Only Spaces And Spaces Without Women

Posted on 05/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Last night, I went to a Jewish concert by Ayelet HaShachar, a three-woman Baltimore-based band that I have been following since they began performing in 2001. Their first concert was held in Baltimore to raise...

Two Jews, Three Opinions: Social Media as Bully Pulpit

Posted on 05/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
The quip, “Two Jews, Three Opinions” is such a truism that I would guess there’s barely an English-speaking Jew alive who hasn’t heard it. We Jews are an opinionated people. And social...

The Alchemy of Tragedy

Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Alchemy is the ancient study of how to change one thing into something else. This past week in Israel was quite an intensely emotional one. This time of year, the State of Israel marks two special days in...

Are We One People?

Posted on 04/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
There's a five-minute video from Shabbat.com making the rounds on social media. I've seen it a number of times on Facebook and on WhatsApp. It features an older, religious Jewish man and a taller,...

A Little Story About What Meir Said

Posted on 03/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
A few days ago, my husband and I had just finished a meeting in Kikar HaMusica - Music Square - in Jerusalem with some new friends from Texas. Walking to our car, we stopped in a makolet, a small Israeli...

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...

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...

What Does It Mean To Be A Light To The Nations?

Posted on 02/21/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
The Biblical Prophet Isaiah, who lived almost 3,000 years ago, wrote about a time, far in the future, when all nations would come to recognize the distinct role of the Jewish people.I will appoint you as a...
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