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Mar 31, 2020, 10:42 AM
A Shul online service critic is born
In the Mel Brooks classic History of the World, Part I, a cave dweller of two million years ago displays to his friends his painting of a horse on the cave wall. An omniscient narrator, voiced by Orson Welles,...
Mar 31, 2020, 7:31 AM
What was ancient Egypt like during the Ten Plagues?
Did you ever wonder what Ancient Egypt was like during the Ten Plagues? Well you don't have it. In order to be able to really feel Passover this year (one is supposed to feel at the Passover Seder that he...
Mar 29, 2020, 11:44 AM
On the 75th yahrzeit, better than kaddish?
My grandfather died in Buchenwald concentration camp on March 10, 1945, just weeks before his two surviving sons were liberated from that same camp. That was the information my father and uncle had at the time. They said kaddish...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Mar 27, 2020, 11:30 PM
In Parshat Vayikra, we read about the Korabanot, usually translated as sacrifices. However, the word korban actually comes from the root “karov” which means close. We bring the korban to get close to God. The word karov in Hebrew also...
Mar 27, 2020, 6:16 AM
To Zoom or not Zoom on Passover: Permitted by Jewish law or not?
As we go into the first Shabbat in the Holy month of Nissan, the chief Rabbi of Israel has closed all of the synagogues of Israel. The fear of spreading the virus has made what has happened for the...
Mar 27, 2020, 12:34 AM
Pesach 5780 Two factors must be balanced when deciding whether and how to “Zoom” someone in to a Pesach seder this year, with the Coronavirus precluding actual presence for many people, especially the elderly. One is the usual set of...
Mar 26, 2020, 10:01 PM
Which God are you praying to with bloodstained hands?
God said to suspend Shabbat to save human life. He said to follow the laws of our lands. Yet so many claim to believe in Him and defy those rules, letting the bodies pile up
Mar 26, 2020, 8:48 PM
Can We Make Lemonade from This Lemon?
We live in the age of one-liners, where self-help gurus, the media and politicians would love to dismiss our concerns with a witty quote such as: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Or they may use the banal...
Mar 26, 2020, 2:53 PM
Guest Post by Rabbi David Silverstein
Why Can't We Let Go of Communal Prayer? Avot D'Rebbe Natan tells the story of a Rabbi expressing devastation over the destruction of the temple and the inability to achieve atonement through sacrifices. He is eventually comforted by his colleague,...
Mar 26, 2020, 2:50 PM
The real reason G-d gave us the coronavirus!
Of late we have heard several rabbinic ‘sages’ offering the reason why, in their very humble opinions, our society is being plagued by the Coronavirus. One declared that the virus is a punishment for having allowed the gay pride...