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Jewish Holidays

A Reflection on Natural versus Artificial Man

August 23, 2010, by

A story tells of a fisherman living and toiling on the banks of a muddy river. As he drudged home one evening, his eyes half-closed with exhaustion, he dreamed of how different his lot would be if only he were rich… “God above,” he cried out with sudden passion. “Make me wealthy, please!” Disappointed by […]

Facts and Figures about the New Year (5771)

August 11, 2010, by

Facts and Figures about the New Year AT A GLANCE 5771 has 385 days, including 55 Shabbatot, the longest possible year in the Jewish calendar. Calendar 5771 is a 13-month year, known as a Jewish “leap year” (shanah me’uberet), in which the month of Adar is doubled (intercalated). The Jewish calendar works in cycles both of […]

From the Desk of Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President

August 11, 2010, by

Have you ever wondered why Avraham was the first patriarch of the Jewish people? Probably not; the reason is so obvious. We have grown up hearing the stories of the young boy Avram, who questioned the irrational idolatry of his time. We have followed him on his journey of discovery; how he investigated nature, science, […]

Rosh Hashanah Thoughts: Absent Neighborhoods, Absent Tears

August 11, 2010, by

In my childhood, a half-century ago in Buffalo’s North Park neighborhood that served as a passage point between the East Side of Eastern European immigrants (mostly Orthodox) and the Amherst- Williamsville suburbs of the upwardly mobile (mostly Reform and Conservative children of the émigré generation), the Jews who chose to join a synagogue had a […]

Pie Recipes

June 17, 2010, by

Tally ho! It’s pie season and the hunt is on for the best and tastiest and most mouthwatering concoctions your brain (and taste buds) can imagine. I just gotta say it’s about having the right mix of a flaky crust, fresh berries or whatever other fruit you just can’t resist and just enough thickening to […]

Sweet Potato Recipes

December 30, 2009, by

How many of us have stood in the canned vegetable aisle of the grocery store and asked ourselves the question “is a sweet potato the same thing as a yam and, if so, which one do I want?” Not a question to keep you up at night or define the boundaries of which team should […]

Binding of Isaac: The Sacrifices We Make For Our Children

September 17, 2009, by

Every year as the New Year approaches I find that, despite my best intentions, reality dictates that I concentrate more on the physical preparations than the spiritual ones for the holiday. So I always try to attend at least one pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture. These lectures cover a number of topics: repentance, the shofar, prayer, and […]

Rosh Hashanah: Wanting Our Job

September 17, 2009, by

Rosh HaShana: Malchiyot, Zichronot and Shofarot – “Nahama D’chasufa” and the Brit of Chessed. Esther Wein’s new shiur for Rosh Hashanah. This world is a world of din – judgment and truth and Rosh Hashanah, the day the world was created, represents these 2 ideas. God wants us to earn our reward so we aren’t embarrassed by the kindness.

Rosh HaShanah: Mark Your Days

September 16, 2009, by

There are calendars which provide the convenience of viewing one day at a time. At the end of the day, the day’s page is torn off and disposed of. When the year ends and all the days and pages have been discarded, all that is left is the pageless, empty cover. Then there are calendars […]

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