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  • Thanksgiving’s Jewish Roots

    By Abby Gilad

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Pilgrims of New Salem, Mass., were so moved by the stories of the ancient Israelites that they thought of America as their Zion and New Salem as their Jerusalem. They based their first Thanksgiving celebration on the pilgrimages the Jews were commanded to make to Jerusalem on...

  • Pay Attention

    By Allen I. Freehling

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even if the reader is a person who does not regularly attend Shabbat worship services when the Torah is read, the text of Nitzavim will be somewhat familiar, inasmuch as it is offered not only as a reading during the Sabbath we are about to observe, but it is also presented as the...

  • Parshot Nitzvim/Vayelech

    By Abby Gilad

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In these parshot, Moses wraps up all he has to say to the Israelites. When he is done speaking, he will take leave of them and die. He says: "Please remember all I have instructed you to do, so that you will lead happy and fulfilled lives."

    As Labor Day approaches (Sept. 2), we think...

  • The Golden Calf

    By Abby Gilad

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We are entering the homestretch. Aug. 9 is the first of Elul, the last month in the Jewish calendar. It is a time when Jews around the world begin to prepare for the High Holy Days by saying prayers called "Selichot." These are prayers to ask forgiveness of God. It is said that...

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  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ack! Summer's halfway over. I hope you're having a great summer. Are you at camp? Did your parents take you on a fun trip? A cruise, perhaps?

    In this week's portion, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that while they are about to enter a rich and fertile land, "flowing with milk...

  • Parshat Balak

    By Abby Gilad

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yes, I know that this week is Pinchas, but I must return to the second of last week's two portions, Balak, for what happens there is too relevant to pass by unmentioned. In this famous portion, King

    Balak sends the prophet-magician Balaam to curse Israel, because

    he is scared of...

  • Lag B’Omer

    By Abby Gilad

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    OK. Now what's an omer?

    It is a unit of measure -- like a pound or a kilo. That is how sheaves of barley were measured. The Israelites were commanded to bring an omer of barley to the Temple on the second day of Passover. If you don't believe me, read this week's Torah portion, Emor. It says it right there. Then they were supposed to count 49 days from that day, until Shavuot. Lag B'Omer falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer. Get it?

  • Achrei Mot and Kedoshim

    By Abby Gilad

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two parshot are read on this Shabbat: Achrei Mot and Kedoshim. The second portion begins with God telling the Israelites: Kedoshim -- You shall be holy, for I am holy. What does this mean? It means acting with love and respect to ourselves, to other people and to the world. This week, we remember the Earth when we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Go to Balboa Park on April 21 for the Whole Earth Fest (after you've visited the Israeli Independence Day Festival) and check out all the booths, crafts and activities.

  • A Portion of Parshat Vayakel-Pekuday

    By Abby Gilad

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bezalel helps the Israelites build the mishkan (tabernacle). They are returning a favor that God did for them many years earlier. God built the world so that humans would have a place to live. Now the Israelites are building a mishkan so that God will have a place to "live" on earth....

  • A Portion of Parshat Ki Tisa

    By Abby Gilad

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Oh boy, do the Israelites slip up this week. They have just received the Ten Commandments, have heard God speak to them and have vowed to do all that God commands them, even if they do not fully understand why they must. Forty days later, they're dancing around a calf made of melted...

  • A Portion of Parshat Bo

    By Abby Gilad

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In last week's parsha, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, we read of the final three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague. How? They must smear the blood of a lamb on...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Portion of Parshat Va'yera

    This week, Moses begins the job of freeing the Israelites in earnest. He has already approached Pharoah and asked for the release of his people, but Pharaoh does not listen. He approaches Pharaoh again and warns him about the plagues, but Pharaoh...

  • A Portion of Parshat Shmot

    By Abby Gilad

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's a new year and a new book of the Bible. Last week we finished Genesis. This week we start Exodus. In it we will follow the Israelites' move from slavery to becoming a free nation. Have you decided to free yourself of anything this year? Are you letting go of watching too much...

  • Celebrating the “Torah cycle”

    By Abby Gilad

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The eighth day of the holiday of Sukkot is actually a separate holiday called Shemini Atzeret. It means "the eighth day of the assembly."

    The Israelites gather for seven days around the Temple in Jerusalem, and they are just not ready to go home yet, because they are having so much...

  • A Portion of Parshat Re’eh

    By Abby Gilad

    August 16, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    In this portion, God tells us something so important that it is mentioned twice: Do not sacrifice anywhere but in the Temple. Why is this so important? Why can't the Israelites build an altar to God anywhere? It's similar to the idea of "appropriate restaurant behavior," a phrase...

  • We’re Really the People of the Question

    By Jane Ulman

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Why are we the People of the Book? Why aren't we the People of the Question?

    After all, before Moses receives the Torah on Mt. Sinai, like Abraham earlier, he answers God's call to service with a question. In Exodus 3:11, he says, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and free the...

  • Passover Escapes

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At our Ski Passover, experience the thrill of the 2002 Winter Olympics ... Ski the mogul run and view the aerial jumping hill; ride the snowboard half-pipe and ski the giant slalom course ... take a bobsled or luge ride or even try Nordic jumping ...

    More than 3,000 years ago, at...

  • Lessons in Leadership

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When I was 16, I was elected president of my synagogue youth group. I will never forget that feeling of euphoria that accompanied the victory. But I also remember how I felt the very next day after the excitement and thrill of the victory had already started to wear off. I was...
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