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Does God Talk to Us? – a Study for Shavuot

(Photo by Jenny Fish) Rabbi Milder of Beth Emek sent out this email. We all hear of people who say God told them to do something. Do Jews believe that God does that? Join Rabbi Milder and Rabbi Schulman for a stimulating virtual discussion for Shavuot. Details below.   Does God Talk to Us? Does…

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Posted in God, Shavuot
Published on May 26th, 2020

Shavuot: Cheesecake Holiday

(Image by Jlisska on Pixabay) Shavuot is one of those holidays that never gets the attention it deserves. It is one of the 3 pilgrimage holidays in the Torah – a really BIG deal. But to be honest there are not many practices that are connected with it. One that is so easy to embrace…

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My son’s bar mitzvah has to be postponed due to Covid-19

(This article originally appeared in the J-weekly Mixed and Matched column.) Dear Dawn: My son Joey’s bar mitzvah was scheduled for June of this year and now it can’t happen as planned. Our synagogue is closed. Some of my son’s peers are having a Zoom bar mitzvah on their scheduled date and planning to have…

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No Jewish Summer Camp in 2020

(JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from Camp Collective website) Right about now I would be making suggestions and referrals to Jewish summer camps – day camps and sleep over camps. But one by one the camps are announcing their closure for this season due to COVID-19.  It is terribly sad and disappointing for kids and their…

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A Meditation for Passover & this Time

Rabbi Ryan Bauer of Congregation Emanu-el in San Francisco sent out this loving message to his congregation. He included a link to a meditation that many of us could use. Take a moment to read his message and if you have 15 minutes, do the meditation with him.   Dear Friends, My main childhood memory…

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Late Minute Decadent Passover Dessert

There’s a popular Passover dessert that is basically English toffee poured over matzah crackers. You can see one of my friend’s recipes here.  But if you’ve been consuming matzah for most of the evening you may prefer your English toffee as just plain toffee. For decades I’ve used the recipe in The Joy of Cooking….

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Posted in Passover
Published on April 8th, 2020