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How Jews Pray: Discover The 3 Practices

April 23, 2018 When people ask me how Jews pray, I begin with a story. It comes from a great nineteenth-century rabbi.  An old man enters the sanctuary for the first time. His face is dirty and his clothes are too big. He…

The 7 Symbolic Foods of Passover

April 2, 2018 My confirmation class has excellent attendance. But I suspect the regular Israeli cuisine helps immensely. As much as the content keeps them coming, the food does as well. The same is true when it comes to the holiday of Passover.…

10 Prayers for the New Year

December 21, 2015 We all need a little inspiration as we approach the New Year. Following is a series of short prayers based on Jewish wisdom and tradition. 1. Looking Backward and Forward: The name January comes from the Roman god “Janus.” He…

It’s Time to Go All In

October 5, 2015 Near my home is a very intimate theater. My wife and I love attending plays there because you can almost reach out and touch the performers. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] We recently attended a play and had one of the seats closest…

When We Fail to Achieve Our Goals

December 31, 2014 Happy New Year! In the excitement of thinking about goals for the coming year, I decided to take a look at what I had written and resolved at this time last year. My excitement quickly waned. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] A year…

The Strangest Book of the Bible

October 8, 2014 Tonight begins the Jewish “Festival of Tabernacles.” Known in Hebrew as Sukkot, we spend time in  temporary outdoor dwellings. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] They remind us of the fragility of life our ancestors experienced during their journey across the Sinai Desert.…

What is the Most Important Jewish Holiday?

June 6, 2014 The answer may surprise you. The most important Jewish holiday is not one that happens only once a year. It is one we celebrate every week.
It is the Sabbath, known in Hebrew as Shabbat. Shabbat is at the core…

Were You Ever Addicted to a Crackberry?

April 27, 2014 The Book of Psalms tells us “Number our days so we gain a heart of wisdom.” The Jewish sages took this verse literally. They instructed their communities to count the days between the holiday of Passover and festival of Pentecost.…
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