Monthly Archives: September 2013

Philip Berg-a Eulogy from a Rabbinic Perspective

The Rabbinic world isn’t what it used to be.  It used to be the great rabbis came exclusively from the yeshivah (study hall) and earned their reputations purely on the virtue of their scholarship.   The great villains of the … Continue reading

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Holidays Are NOT About Family

My personal dilemma: holidays as family time or holidays as self-concept time. I’ve clearly come out in favor of the latter. Continue reading

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The New Year, Yom Kippur, and Syria

The period between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is a special time for self reflection, so I take it upon myself every year not to listen to Jewish music during this time period.  That’s my excuse for listening to talk … Continue reading

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How to Build a Sukkah

My model for a sukkah, the hut Jews live in for the 8 day holiday of Sukkot. It’s not perfect, but sukkot built to similar standards cost a ridiculous amount of money. Also, it can be expanded to meet your individual needs. It’s a great project for Hillels, fraternities/sororities, or just on your own. Continue reading

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