Interfaith Grandkids

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Interfaith Grandkids

Interfaith Grandkids and Crayola Crayons “Rabbi, I have to ask you something and it’s very personal,” said Ann as she wagged her finger in the typical “don’t tell,” motion.  At the time of her question Ann was a relative newcomer on the Aviva campus, (formerly the Kobernick Anchin Campus in Sarasota, Florida). She was  still… Read more »

Ketubah History

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ketubah history

The History and Tradition of the Ketubah A “ketubah” (pronounced “kay-too-bah”) is the name given to the Jewish wedding document, in use for thousands of years. The word ketubah derives from the Hebrew verb “to write,” and its history dates back to the Book of Genesis where Abraham’s servant asked Rebecca if she would consent… Read more »

Interfaith Weddings Support Jewish Families

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Several years ago I received a telephone call from Jason, a young man who grew up in a large Midwestern city. Jason, along with his parents and grandparents, were active in their local synagogue. What prompted the phone call was Jason’s exuberance at having met Valentina, an Italian Catholic and as Jason said, “my b’shert!”… Read more »

One Rabbi’s View Same Sex Marriage

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As they walked together toward the bridal canopy, the chuppah in Hebrew, their steps were slow and measured. But it was not only the solemnity of the moment that created the pace. There was something more. Ray’s arm steadied Giorgio while Giorgio’s cane offered them additional stability. But no infirmity could dim their smiles. Ray,… Read more »

Chuppah History and Traditions

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Chuppah History

…Chuppah History from Italy and Around the World Of all of the traditions that define the Jewish wedding ceremony, the chuppah, or bridal canopy, is one of the most symbolic and important. The canopy itself is a symbol of God’s love above the married couple as well as the home that they will now share… Read more »

Mitzvot of Purim

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mitzvot of purim

The Mitzvot of Purim 1) Listen to the Megillah To relive the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the megillah (the Scroll of Esther) This can be done on Wednesday night, March 20, or on Purim day, March 21.  Modern Liberal Judaism requires that the listener understand what is read so the… Read more »

Ice Cream and Jews

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Ice Cream’s Jewish Connection It’s the season to enjoy summertime’s favorite treat – ice cream. It’s cool, it’s delicious and it’s Jewish! Thanks to an article by Joan Nathan (Tablet Magazine) we can start by introducing Reuben Mattus who began his career in the ice cream business in the 1920s when he was only ten… Read more »