It’s Friday evening and it’s been a long week: challenges at work, shuttling the kids around to their activities, managing crises big and small, and simply dealing with the every day balancing act of life. Sounds pretty normal, right? And then comes Shabbat; a beautiful, age-old Jewish gift of rest and renewal that comes prepackaged […]
Imagine a law that goes something like this: On the last Thursday of November each year at evening, you, and your spouse and children, shall appear before your extended family for a feast of thanksgiving to the Lord. When you arrive you shall ring the buzzer with your elbow. (Why? You wouldn’t come empty-handed would […]
But the Jewish Spirit Cannot Be Broken Just this past week, the Jewish community observed the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.” This organized action attacking the Jewish communities across Germany marked a turning point for German Jewry. One of the main items on Adolf Hitler’s agenda for Europe was ridding the […]
Moving words offered by Rabbi David Aladjem at Shabbat services on the anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life murders.
As long as we are alive, we are never truly finished. Day after day, we are learning, growing, changing. We can’t help it, whether we are rabbis or not. Whether we like it or not. Life is a process of transformation.
Shining a New Light on Passover Beginning early Wednesday morning, April 8th, when the first rays of sunlight peak out from behind the hills, as most of us are still dreaming of the grand spring festival of freedom–Passover–that begins that night, Jews around the world will also observe an occurrence in nature that happens only […]