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Posted on June 27, 2013

Crowdsourcing Sermons

Several of you told me that I taught you a new word last Shabbat when I mentioned summer “slippage,” meaning the learning loss that happens during the months when our kids are not in school. Today I might be teaching you another new word by crowdsourcing for help in planning out a sermon schedule for Continue Reading »

Posted on March 22, 2013

Blessings for Passover

In the spirit of questioning which we encourage at this season, I’ve got a trivia question for you: This Sunday night we will recite a blessing, which is one of four blessings that are recited only once a year (outside the land of Israel.) Can you name that blessing and any of the other three? Continue Reading »

Posted on March 5, 2013

Let My People Go

Everybody’s favorite holiday is fast approaching. And lest you think I’m being facetious, ask any Jewish person over the age of 7 (Hanukkah usually wins out until then) and they will tell you how much they love Pesah. That’s true in our family as well. Two out of the three of us adore it; the Continue Reading »

Posted on September 11, 2012

Six Word High Holiday Memoirs

What a joy it is to have Rabbi Seltzer back with us at Chizuk Amuno in a professional capacity! Though he never stopped being a part of Chizzie, we are truly blessed that he is here once again to guide our congregation’s educational development. Rabbi Seltzer introduced me to Six Word Memoirs, those brief encapsulations Continue Reading »

Posted on April 9, 2012

Lost: One Afikomen

It is one of those stories that are just strange enough to be true. It is now Monday morning, about 36 hours since the second Seder and our afikoman is still missing. Halakhically (according to Jewish law) this is a problem. Or at least it would be a problem if we had not set aside Continue Reading »

Posted on March 2, 2012

A Purim Quiz

A Purim Quiz to test your knowledge of the Megillah: What is the significance of the following Purim numbers? 2 = 0 = 127 = 180 = 7 = 7 = 12 = 10,000 = 3 = ½ = 10 = 50 = 13 = 510 = 14 = 15 = Good Luck! ** The Continue Reading »

Posted on February 21, 2012

Jewish Things to Do With an Extra Day

How many times have you said wistfully, “If only there was more time in the day? If only there was one more day in the week? Well through the magic of the Gregorian calendar, your wish has finally come true. Every four years we get an extra day to do with as we please. Our Continue Reading »

Posted on October 18, 2011

And the Winner is …

… the vegetarian chili made by the Jewish National Fund all female team. They eked out a win over the beef chili made by the all male Brotherhood team by a narrow $3 margin. The Chili cookoff raised over $150 in tzedakah which was donated to the Kosher Food Pantry. This past Sunday we had Continue Reading »

Posted on September 21, 2011

The Rosh Hashanah Seder

In addition to the usual apples and honey, some Jews have the custom of adding special foods to their Rosh Hashanah table. Each of these foods has symbolic meaning tied to its name in Hebrew. We set our tables with bowls of these seven foods and before eating each of them, we offer a wish Continue Reading »

Posted on April 8, 2011

Counting Down

There was something perfectly perfect about being pregnant during the omer. For weeks I quietly counted the days, weeks and months as I watched a new life grow. Then, beginning on the second night of Passover, the whole Jewish community joined in counting as well. It felt as if we were on parallel journeys. At Continue Reading »