Category Archives: Holidays

Yom Kippur: Basketball, 12 steps, and more

This week’s posting was written by my sister Batya Salzman Levy,  a deep thinker and terrific writer. Can’t read it all now? Print it out and read it slowly, carefully, on Yom Kippur. Wishing you all an easy fast, a … Continue reading

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Shana Tovah – Happy New Year

Our trip around the sun has come full course, and here we are at the threshold again. Beginnings and endings. We’re ending the book of Deuteronomy, will be starting Genesis soon. We’re ending 5778, starting 5779. As we get to … Continue reading

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Selichot 5778

Here it is – snuck up on us, again…right on time, just like it always does. We read parasha Ki Tivo this Shabbat, but Saturday night starts the roller coaster ride known as the High Holidays. So, instead of looking … Continue reading

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Bamidbar/Shavuot: ultimate folk festival

I love going to folk festivals. I used to go all the time. There’s something about a huge group of people, all facing the main stage, waiting expectantly for the groups to perform, gathering the entire crowd into a remarkably … Continue reading

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Shabbat HaGadol

Tzmished. If you say it outloud, it will sound like what it is. Confused. Turned around. that’s me right now, which is why some of you may have noticed that I posted a lovely Dvar Torah last week…on the wrong … Continue reading

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Tzav: Flexible Matza

Of course, my brain is Pesach-oriented. Kitchen, cleaning, cooking, Seder, shopping, did I mention cleaning? So as I was looking at this week’s parasha, Tzav, I noticed something in the recipe section for the Priestly offerings. Matzah. Lev 6:9  “What … Continue reading

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Chanukah: Eighth candle

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our … Continue reading

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