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 […]
Just about this time every year we begin to greet each other with those traditional words: L’shana tova tikatevu! May you be written for a good year! Even if these words seem as comfortable, and comforting, to you as your bubbie’s chicken soup, you probably don’t stop to think about their implication very often. In […]
Once there was a little bird who lived deep in the forest who was completely without feathers. Bald as a ping-pong ball. Not a single piece of plumage adorned his body. The chief of all the birds of the forest felt sorry for this little bird and approached him one day saying, “Why should you […]
In the world of cyberspace, where twitters and blogs abound and Facebook connects many into a single universe of “friends,” there is a popular pastime of sharing little known facts of one’s life under the rubric: 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me. This month I celebrate the 20th anniversary of my ordination as […]