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BY Audrey Merwin 1/30/2015

American Jews, like so many others across the world, are brought together by a love of gathering to watch sporting events – and my husband and I are no exception.

BY Stacey Zisook Robinson 1/29/2015

I'm in one of those places: stuck, prickly, at the very edge of letting go, trembling with the effort to not tip over the edge into the abyss of the unknown, desperate to take that final leap of faith and soar towards light and wholeness.

BY Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim 1/29/2015

Charleston was founded in 1670, and the earliest known reference to Jews in the English settlement is a description dating from 1695. Soon thereafter other Jews followed, attracted by the civil and religious liberty of South Carolina and the ample economic opportunity of the colony.

BY Hillel Kuttler 1/28/2015

“Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

What’s Jewish About the Super Bowl? BY Audrey Merwin
Faith, Fear, and the Story of Nachshon and the Red Sea BY Stacey Zisook Robinson
In the Beginning, There was Charleston BY Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
What Jewish Ethics Tell Us About Deflategate BY Hillel Kuttler

 

 

Miriam, timbrels All of the women, dancing "Sing to Adonai"

 

 

Exodus 15:20-21:

Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels. And Miriam chanted for them: "Sing to Adonai, who has triumphed gloriously; Horse and driver God has hurled into the sea."

Miriam's song is a sort of coda to Shirat Hayam, the Song of the Sea. It's only two lines, and leaves us wanting more. In...

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American Jews, like so many others across the world, are brought together by a love of gathering to watch sporting events – and my husband and I are no exception.

In the wake of Snowmageddon (the big blizzard of the year… so far) we now gear up for another important event – the Super Bowl. This weekend, we’ll join a group of friends from our synagogue at a neighbor’s home for their annual Super Bowl party. The hosts set up more than 20 screens throughout their house with seating so that partygoers can gather in small or large groups.

Some people are serious about following...

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I'm in one of those places: stuck, prickly, at the very edge of letting go, trembling with the effort to not tip over the edge into the abyss of the unknown, desperate to take that final leap of faith and soar towards light and wholeness. I am astounded, as always, when I think how inextricably intertwined my fear and my faith have become. I have heard that fear is an absence of faith, but I don’t think so. I am too intelligent – and God is too intelligent – to demand blind faith like that, to insist that faith is a guard against fear.

Fear keeps the lights on at night and smells...

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Charleston was founded in 1670, and the earliest known reference to Jews in the English settlement is a description dating from 1695. Soon thereafter other Jews followed, attracted by the civil and religious liberty of South Carolina and the ample economic opportunity of the colony. These pioneers were sufficiently numerous by 1749 to organize the present congregation, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, (Holy Congregation House of God) and, 15 years later, to establish the now-historic Coming Street Cemetery, the oldest surviving Jewish burial ground in the South...

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“Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded look at ethics on the playing field in his bimonthly talk before some city businesspeople. To make his points, he cited the Exodus story, Talmud, the rabbinic authority Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, the Code of Jewish Law and prohibitions against theft of...

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