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BY Aron Hirt-Manheimer 3/03/2015

The Jewish Journey: America, a one-hour documentary by Grammy award-winning director Andrew Goldberg premieres on PBS March 3, 2015 (check local listings).

BY Rabbi John L. Rosove 3/01/2015

[Author's note: What follows is a portion of my eulogy at Leonard’s funeral on Sunday morning, March 1. He was married to my dear first cousin, Susan.]

BY Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs 3/01/2015

During the 40 years that I served as a congregational rabbi, Purim evolved from a pleasant celebration into what has become, in my view, almost a third High Holiday.

BY Jonathan Edelman 2/27/2015

As we wrap up Jewish Disability Awareness Month, we think also of people with disabilities in other countries.

New PBS Documentary Explores the Jewish Immigrant Experience in America BY Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Remembering Leonard Nimoy: A Rabbi's Eulogy BY Rabbi John L. Rosove
The Adult Issues - and Lessons - of Purim BY Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Taking a Look at Disability Rights in Israel and Beyond BY Jonathan Edelman

The Jewish Journey: America, a one-hour documentary by Grammy award-winning director Andrew Goldberg premieres on PBS March 3, 2015 (check local listings).

Jews have been the archetypal immigrants since that fateful day when God commanded Abraham to “go forth from your land, your birthplace, your father’s house, to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). He left home to dwell as an outsider in strange and foreign lands, and the Jewish people have been on the move ever since.

The Jewish Journey: America chronicles...

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[Author's note: What follows is a portion of my eulogy at Leonard’s funeral on Sunday morning, March 1. He was married to my dear first cousin, Susan.]

Leonard shared with me after he and Susan married 26 years ago that he had never met a woman like her, never had he loved anyone so dearly and passionately, that she’d saved his life and lifted him from darkness and unhappiness in ways he never thought possible. His love, appreciation, respect, and gratitude for her transformed him and enabled him to begin his life anew. 

Susan – you were a stellar, loving and brilliant life...

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During the 40 years that I served as a congregational rabbi, Purim evolved from a pleasant celebration into what has become, in my view, almost a third High Holiday.

We no longer simply read the M’gillah to cheer Esther and boo Haman. Today, we have come to expect elaborately choreographed and carefully rehearsed Purim spiels with clever lyrics sung to the tunes of popular songs or show tunes. At our congregation, one woman has become a legend for writing such clever lyrics, and other communities have their bards, as...

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The priestly vestmentsLike our Shabbat observanceHonor and glory

 

Parashah T'tzaveh is almost entirely concerned with the ritual clothing and ordination of the priests. God says the priests' vestments are "for honor and glory" (לכבוד ולתפארת - l'chavod ul'tifaret). The same words are in the blessing that follows the Haftarah reading.

Exodus...

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As we wrap up Jewish Disability Awareness Month, we think also of people with disabilities in other countries. Worldwide, 650 million people live with disabilities, more than twice the population of the United States. In Israel, there are more than a million children and adults of working age who live with disabilities, according to...

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