Life can get busy around our house with four kids between the ages of 6-13. In addition to school, our afternoons and weekends consist of my husband and I playing the role of Uber drivers for our kids’ sports, religious schools, play-dates and extra curricular activities. We LOVE the chaos and the busy life that comes with having four children. That said, there are times when I wish we could slow down just a bit, take a step back and a deep breath to appreciate it all, and do more to understand how other people outside our little bubble live.
Many of us have heard, told and retold the tales of our fearless matriarchs. The Torah is full of women—but not all of them are recognized to the same level as their male counterparts. What's up with that?
D'var Torah by Joyce Orbuch
on September 23, 2017
So, is 83 the new 13?? I don’t think so… but Judaism does give us the opportunity to turn 13 twice.
The custom for having a bat or Bar Mitzvah at 83 comes from the verse in Psalm 90 which says, the days of our years are 70, or if by reason of special strength, 80 years. At 70, one can start counting again. Add 13 years and you get 83. Our age.
Saturday, September 23
The custom of celebrating a second Bar or Bat Mitzvah at age 83 comes from the verse in Psalm 90, "The days of our years are seventy, or if by reason of special strength, eighty years..." At 70, one can start counting again. Add 13 years, and you get 83!
By Heather Stesin
This very personal journey began in 2014 when I was invited by my parents to attend a performance of Wiesenthal while visiting them in Florida. This wasn’t just any performance; it was a moving experience and virtual awakening of an important part of my life that had been buried deep in my subconscious.
By Rabbi Aaron Weininger
My brother, sister, and I learned melodies in junior congregation we still sing today. We ran through the synagogue’s hallways after our teen congregation deli lunch and when we got tired running the maze, we went to somebody’s house to hang out, play chess, or toss a ball in the park.
This exact experience doesn’t need to be the reality for everyone, but it makes me wonder what it takes for a community to feel this way. Judaism is not a performance for some to produce; it’s a home for all to build. One of the challenges in synagogue life is for families to feel that kind of ownership of Judaism, an authenticity and comfort to be at home in an ancient tradition, as their full selves. Many synagogues respond to that challenge with programs that reinforce a producer/consumer mindset. Staff produces a program. Congregants consume it. Repeat.
To read the rest of Rabbi Weininger's essay go to TC Jewfolk
by Marilyn Reiter
In January, the Adath Book Club read Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland. We had a lively discussion amongst the group, followed by an insightful and engaging Skype meeting with the author.
We are a group of readers who mostly didn’t know each other before December's first meeting. Book clubs offer many opportunities including:
1) Meeting people who aren’t in your immediate circle of friends.
By Ronen Pink
You might say I’m big into Pling--plastic bling--as a boy who wears a lot of bracelets. It’s not that I’m a big fan of jewelry, but each one represents an important experience or value in my life. One says, “Zachor” to keep me consciously reminded of the Holocaust, and MY role in ensuring that the memories of those who perished and those who suffered will never be forgotten.
by Marilyn Reiter
Getting up and out of the house by 10 on a Sunday morning requires some extra effort on my part. I’m writing this blog because I want to share with other readers an activity that I highly recommend go on their future calendars.
Those of us who enjoy reading and group discussions got the opportunity to expand their connections with others and engage in a lively discussion. Since no two people read a book exactly the same, the book club experience is always rich. And then to have the author discuss it along with us and openly answer questions, that’s a big bonus. A shout-out to Julie Carpenter for arranging for the author to join us.
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