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Saying Kaddish for My Mother

Posted on 10/07/2018 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
By Rivka Tibber (Rivka Leah bat Esther Rachel) Saying kaddish (Jewish memorial prayer) for my Mom z"l (of blessed memory) has been a very personal and communal journey. My Mom was diagnosed with a...

Elokeynu Echad - Yes! – But Judaism as the source of Monotheism – NOT!

Posted on 10/04/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A common refrain tells us that Judaism was the first monotheistic religion and that our ancestors were the first to “discover” that there is one God. There are several reasons why this statement is...

How to Say Selichot when You Aren’t Sorry

Posted on 08/20/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD "Son of Man, how can you consider sleep? Rise and call out with cries of repentance.” These lines from the classic Piyut “Ben Adam” mark the beginning of my prescribed guilt...

As a Homeless Man Sleeps in Jerusalem

Posted on 08/03/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Wandering through the streets of Jerusalem on a summer afternoon one can’t help but feel a deep sense of pride in the Jewish people. Somehow, after thousands of years of exile, we have returned to our...

What A 6 Year-Old Got Right

Posted on 07/29/2018 by Rabbi Elan Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Since coming to Israel eight years ago, I’ve done a lot of personal counseling in the Jerusalem area. As a synagogue rabbi in the US, I did a lot of counseling during the Shabbat morning kiddush, which...

The Bible and Political Arguments

Posted on 07/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Last week I was sitting in a coffee shop talking about the politics surrounding the Israeli city of Hebron. One of the people at the table, not a particularly religious individual, spoke up and said something...

The Importance of Jewish Family Traditions

Posted on 07/10/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When I was a child, my sister and I had two narrow wooden chests of drawers in our shared basement bedroom. I knew they had once belonged to our maternal grandmother and that they had been part of her bedroom...

What’s a Rabbi to Do?

Posted on 06/28/2018 by JVO Staff in Beliefs and Practices
Ed. Note: This is based on real situations, though all of the identifying facts and the timeframe have been changed to protect the identity of those involved. I am not seeking to raise a legal question in this...

The Hebrew Bible's Radically Feminist Beginnings

Posted on 06/20/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I came up with the idea for this article in a coffee shop this past week. As I created a rough outline and began to collect my thoughts, a friend, who happened to see the title to this article, turned to me...

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...
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