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On the Same Night…

By Nolan Lebovitz

September 22, 2013 | 10:53 am

The Jewish tradition calls the Holiday of Sukkot “Z’man Simchateinu” (the Time of Our Happiness).  Here in Israel, the atmosphere of Sukkot floods the streets.  Lulavs, Etrogs and Sukkahs... read on

  • Ringing True

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    August 28, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Last week, one of my greatest dreams came true.  I arrived in Israel for an entire year of study at the Conservative Yeshiva.  I have to admit, in the last moments of uprooting my family, I doubted myself and wondered, “Is learning in Israel so important that I should pull my kids... read on

  • Superman is a Jewish Fantasy

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    June 18, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    This past week my wife surprised me with tickets to the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” for my birthday.  So late Saturday night, we sat in a packed movie theater to watch the reboot of the famous franchise begin.  I loved it.  I love Superman.  And I love the way this film... read on

  • Thank You Rabbi Kurtz

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    May 16, 2013 | 9:40 pm

    I just spent the last two days of Shavuot studying.  While Shavuot is supposed to commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, I find it more meaningful to be grateful for the enduring cycle of regiving or transmittance of Torah (which of course cannot be explained without... read on

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  • Losing Gammi

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    April 24, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    Several weeks ago on Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach my grandmother Marie Lebovitz passed away.  We all lovingly called her Gammi.  My Dad asked me to officiate the funeral.  Although I had never officiated a funeral before, I said yes.  I would do anything for my father.  And thanks to... read on

  • In Each Generation…

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    March 21, 2013 | 11:19 pm

    This past week, I witnessed an almost certain miracle.  My one and a half year old son has never been willing to wear a Kippah (yarmulke) during religious services or even for thirty seconds during the blessing over the wine.  Sometimes people at shul point it out to me, as if I... read on

  • Israel, You Got A Friend in My Kids!

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    February 12, 2013 | 6:59 pm

    For the last year, my wife and I have been trying to paint Israel in a wonderful light for our children.  After all, we are moving there this upcoming summer for roughly a year and we want our kids to be excited.  At the same time, I have tried to temper my daughter’s belief in... read on
  • The Blessing of Truth

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    January 3, 2013 | 7:41 am

    Convincing others to support Israel sometimes feels like banging my head against the wall.  What’s the point?  Those who support Israel seem to do it always and those who don’t support Israel seem to do that always.  My friends, most of whom are reasonably smart Jews, say things to... read on

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