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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...

When Someone You Know Has a Disabled Child

Posted on 03/24/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
It's not uncommon to be uncomfortable around people with disabilities. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer opens her recent ELI Talk by describing her own discomfort with the disruptive behavior of a child in her...

Is Eating Meat A Jewish Thing To Do?

Posted on 03/22/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
After watching a series of documentaries about the negative health consequences of a meat-heavy diet, I gave up eating meat a few years ago. I didn’t want to die of a heart attack or face the other...

Are Jews of Color Really Jews?

Posted on 03/17/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
In a brand new ELI Talks video, social activist MaNishtana talks about the necessity for Jews to examine their attitudes towards Jews of color. The first few minutes of this 13-minute video sound a little like...

On Separation

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...

Who’s That Knocking At My Door? A Jewish Dilemma

Posted on 03/01/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
If you live outside an Orthodox community, you may not be aware of how, in many (most? all?) Orthodox communities, people go door-to-door collecting tzedaka (charity). Sometimes it’s for an institution...

On Female Torah Scholarship

Posted on 02/26/2017 by Rabbi Johnny Solomon in Beliefs and Practices
Recently, my Facebook feed has been buzzing with reflections and responses to the Orthodox Union’s position paper regarding female clergy. While many have expressed appreciation for both the content and...

The Bar Mitzvah Tisch

Posted on 02/22/2017 by WLCJ Guest Bloggers in Beliefs and Practices
A father finds a creative new way to introduce his son to the larger community just before his bar mitzvah ceremony.by Steve L. GreeneIn the days before my son Marcus’ bar mitzvah last fall, I realized I...

Suspicious of Christian Support

Posted on 02/19/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
This might come as a complete surprise to you, but all over the world, there are Christians who love you. Well, maybe not you specifically, but who love the Jewish people as a group. There are Christians who...

The Jewish Revelation

Posted on 02/14/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
This Shabbat, in synagogues around the world, we will read Parshat Yitro which contains the account of the Revelation at Sinai. When we think of this overwhelming historical event, we may wonder, though: what...
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