Friday Night Kiddush: Shabbat Blog #2

Friday Night Kiddush To sanctify the Shabbat, Jews all over the world recite or hear the kiddush, the blessing over the wine. In our home we have a silver fountain kiddush set where my husband or my son hold the wine cup, recite and lead us all in the blessing, and then pour it onto…

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Shabbat Tools!

I love that time where I gather my family around the Shabbat candles, I light the candles and then together we recite the blessings. Growing up in an Orthodox household, and being female, I did not go to shul on friday night. Instead I lit the shabbat candles with my mom and waited for the men…

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Next week I will start a series of Blogs about Shabbat.  You will learn the blessings, the rituals, some recipes, and of course songs to sing around the table! Make sure you tune to that—a ton of fun! Mitzvah opportunity Do you want to sit at your thanksgiving table knowing that you helped bring a…

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Hoshana Rabah

In Israel the holiday of Hoshana Rabbah and Simchat Torah was one day.  When I came to the United States, I was somewhat confused…Outside of the land of Israel these two holidays are separated. These two holidays are commonly thought of as part of Sukkot, but that is technically incorrect; Shemini Atzeret is a holiday…

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“You shall hold the Feast of Huts…You shall rejoice in your festival… for seven days… for the Lord your God will bless you in all your income and all your handiwork, and you shall be fully joyful”.  (Deuteronomy 16:13-17) With the fullness of the moon in the month of Tishrei, exactly six months from the…

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A Discussion for the High Holy Days

I came across this as I was preparing myself for the high Holy Days. And I loved it. So, here it is for you! Discuss it with your loved ones around the dinner table this week, and we will see you at shul on Friday night for Kol Nidrei service! 1) When do I feel…

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A Pure Heart

In the Bible,  book of Deuteronomy chapter 30:6 it is said וּמָל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת-לְבָבְךָ, וְאֶת-לְבַב זַרְעֶךָ:  לְאַהֲבָה אֶת-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ–לְמַעַן חַיֶּיךָ. “The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.”  What…

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A Letter To Families: How to talk about Antisemitism

From Rabbi Josh Rose: Shalom At this time of year we look forward to Rosh HaShanah and all of the personal and communal renewal it promises.  While surely the Jewish people have much to be thankful for, still we have to be honest about some ugly events in our nation in recent months. Our grandparents…

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Elul 2

‏אין צדיק בארץ שאף פעם לא יחטא There is no righteous person that never sinned. The month of Elul has always been a super reflective month for me. As it’s anthem, “I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me” אני לדודי ודודי לי.  Many people at first glance may think that this…

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It is Rosh Chodesh Elul! Our last month of the Jewish year. After a summer filled with outings, sun, visiting with friends, we begin thinking about getting back into our routine. If you are a teacher, you begin to plan your year at school. If you are a student, you prepare to go back to…

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