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There’s No Reason To Keep Kosher

Honestly, there is no reason. That’s right, no reason at all. You may have heard a tale that it’s because of hygiene. Though it may have been a great side benefit during the Black Plague, when Jews who kept kosher were not as severely impacted by the disease, that’s not why we do it, and in fact, some use this ... Read More »

On Edge

American Jews are on edge. The attack in Pittsburg has clearly rattled the community. That, coupled with the rise of anti-Israel sentiment on campus and disturbing stories about more hostility in European countries, has led to a sense of unease. This has touched some of our deepest fears. Many of us are wondering if the ground is shifting under our ... Read More »

THE FOUR QUESTIONS WE ARE ALL ASKED

IT’S THE TIME of year when we review our achievements of the past twelve months, ponder areas that need improvement and set a course for the new year. As the High Holidays draw near I think about an enigmatic passage in the Talmud that describes the questions asked to a person’s soul when it reaches the heavenly court. The Talmud ... Read More »

What Connects Us

WHAT CONNECTS JEWS to Jerusalem? Some would say its history; starting with Abraham bringing his son Isaac for a sacrifice and Jacob’s amazing dream.  King David established it as the Jewish capital some three thousand years ago. His son King Solomon constructed the First Temple that was destroyed some 465 years later by the Babylonian King Nebachnezer. After an interlude ... Read More »

What We Teach Our Children

IT WAS A recent encounter at the dentist. She was a Jewish teenager, together we were waiting with trepidation of the drill that awaited us inside. She talked of her dreams, telling me the colleges she hoped to attend and a career path she planned.  Finally, I asked, what about getting married and having a family. Her reaction surprised me, ... Read More »

A Life Worth Living

IT WAS A recent encounter at the dentist. She was a Jewish teenager; together we were waiting with trepidation of the drill that awaited us inside. She talked of her dreams, telling me the colleges she hoped to attend and a career path she planned.  Finally, I asked, what about getting married and having a family. Her reaction surprised me, ... Read More »

Looking After our Home

young woman at sunset holding planet earth in her hands

“OUR TIME OF HAPPINESS”  is the name that the sages link with the holiday of Sukkot. Our fragile huts remind us of both our journey from slavery to freedom with G-d’s protective care and seasonal harvest. When sitting in a sukkah, I am influenced by a children’s story that called the sukkah the “happy box.” Eating and socializing under the ... Read More »

Being Happy Instead of Being Right

Couple after argument, woman wants to be reconciled with partner

THE HIGH HOLIDAYS are just weeks away. During Elul, the month before on the Jewish lunar calendar, it is customary to sound the shofar every day in anticipation of the upcoming holidays. The shofar reminds to prepare ourselves spiritually for the New Year. It’s a time of self-reckoning. Think of it as a trip to your accountant before April 15th, ... Read More »

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