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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...

Sukkot: The Quintessential Biblical Holiday for the Nations

Posted on 10/03/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
If you’re a Jew and you’ve never heard of any of what I’m about to show you, hold on to your hat, because this will blow your mind. Until I became Torah-observant, I had never heard of the...

Open Letter To The Women Who Sit In My Seat In Synagogue From The Deaf Woman Who Needs It

Posted on 09/27/2017 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
You do not know me, at least not by name. This year, for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, my assigned seat is directly behind you. But it was not the seat which I needed. The seat I needed was the seat which you...

Why Kapparot Needs To Be Legal, By Someone Who Hates Kapparot

Posted on 09/25/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Every year right before Yom Kippur, various groups of Jews around the world practice a ritual where they swing a chicken around their head and then slaughter it, symbolically eradicating their year’s...

How Not To Do Teshuva

Posted on 09/24/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Maimonides, in his presentation of the Laws of Repentance (Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Teshuva 1:1) states that the actual mitzvah of teshuva, in requesting forgiveness from God, consists of four parts:1)...

Jewish Political Violence: Nothing New Under The Sun

Posted on 09/19/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Tucked in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the easily forgotten day of Tzom (the Fast of) Gedalia. Generally occurring the day after Rosh Hashanah, this day has been set aside to remember the...
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