An Accidental Messiah
Posted on 10/08/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Many Jews associate the idea of a messiah with Christianity. The truth is, the concept of a messiah is actually very Jewish. In fact, many people are unaware that in Jewish thought, there are two messiahs. One...
Dancing With God
Posted on 04/25/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
I expected Dancing with God: How to Connect with God Every Time You Pray to be like a dozen other books about Jewish prayer I’ve read that assume that the person praying is 1) male 2) Orthodox and 3)...
The Jewish View of Life After Death
Posted on 03/26/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
When I was just starting to learn about Judaism as an adult, I took a 3-week course called “The Jewish View of Life After Death”. At that time, I was working my way through everything Shirley...
Posted on 03/13/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
One of the special pleasures of Purim in my community is that I can fulfill the requirement to listen to the Megillah read without having to sit behind a mehitza. In my Jewish community, as in others around...
We Aren’t Born Religious
Posted on 01/03/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Steve Sherr is a funny guy. Describing a 16-mile hike he and a college friend took into the Grand Canyon, he wrote, “Paul and I knew about as much about hiking and desert survival as a Navajo Indian...
What Makes Wine Kosher?
Posted on 12/16/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
There’s no reason to whine about kosher wine anymore. Kosher wine has come a long way from the syrupy sweet Manischewitz Concord Grape you may remember. Today, kosher wines win awards all over the world....
Praying With Pictures
Posted on 07/03/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
When a Jewish person gets an itch to connect more deeply to his or her Judaism, paying a visit to a local synagogue during a prayer service seems like a good idea. After all, a synagogue is an easy place to...
A Young Woman Volunteers for the Israeli Army
Posted on 04/12/2016 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
When I was still living in the US and longing to make my home in Israel, I used to rent Israeli movies from Netflix. Even if the story line was not my genre, I would watch the movies from start to finish, in...
Why Jews Stay in Israel
Posted on 10/25/2015 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Using a fictionalized account of the author’s own experiences, the just-published novel For Better and For Worse: An Israel Odyssey is a 600-page love story about ordinary life in Israel over the past 25...
Lord Get Me High
Posted on 09/03/2015 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
There’s a mystical Jewish teaching that, in the merit of reciting Psalm 27 every day (some say twice a day), from the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul until after Simchat Torah, a person will have...