November 15, 2018

Religion

Parsha Vayera, Genesis 21:10-13: “And Sarah said to Abraham, ‘Drive out this handmaid and her son, for the son of this handmaid shall not inherit...
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations that the Hollywood mogul had serially abused women sexually, and repeatedly created situations...
Some of us turn to the Sun and strum over our bodies in the shape of a rood. We play hymns over our hearts, passed down and over our DNA for generations.
“And Noah built an altar to the Lord, and he took of all the clean animals and of all the clean fowl and brought up burnt offerings on the altar.
Each period of history has a title bestowed by historians, one meant to reveal some key characteristic of that age. Thus, the medieval period is...
When Harvey Weinstein’s long and horrible history was made public, women spanning several continents were disgusted and outraged — but not surprised.
My earliest Jewish memory was of our temple’s social action committee meeting at our home. I snuck downstairs and overheard the grown-ups talking...
The letter came from Hillside cemetery in June…the kind of letter that always gets my attention: “Buy now, price increases on July 1st.” I’ve been to...
One of the inspirational parts of our tradition for me is that as I move through life and as times change, different Biblical personalities resonate with me
It might seem crazy what I am about to say Sunshine she's here, you can take a break I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
Most everyone I know who gets in their regular exercise by running, as I do, has their marathon story. I mean, if you’re determined enough to destroy...
Or “Where are You, God? Where are You?” Six weeks ago, Congregation Or Ami partner, 49-year-old Jennifer Richmond, celebrated the successful completion...
Mazel Tov! If you are sitting here in a seat this morning, it means that made it, and YOU ARE STILL HERE!
As a husband and father living in Las Vegas, I have been shaken to the core by the act of pure evil that transpired last week in our city.  
For several months now, I have been dreaming of finding the perfect lulav — a palm frond the Torah requires us to wave on Sukkot. 
Dina and Fred Leeds have, arguably, the most glamorous sukkah in town. It has three chandeliers and a long, linen-topped table with seating for 40.
Can you say you love your body? I wish I could. I’m embarrassed not to love this vessel that has served me so well. 
It took three phone calls via WhatsApp to connect with Rabbi Mendel Zarchi in San Juan. A week after Hurricane Maria had torn through the region.
Some local rabbis have shunned the idea of bringing politics to the pulpit, but Rabbi John Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood is not one of them.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, “religion is very important.” Looks like he meant it.
Hebrew Discovery Center is one of the remaining synagogues to observe kapparot, the ritual killing of chickens performed during the Days of Awe.
One of the more colorful portions of the daylong Yom Kippur liturgy is the reading of the book of Jonah, an enigmatic narrative of a reluctant prophet.
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