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Question: Why does a “Kosher” casket have to be made of wood?  N.L., Warwick   Dear N.L., In keeping with halakhah (Jewish Law), a Jewish person is supposed to … more
The children in PreK at the David C. Isenberg Family Early Childhood Center went to Israel recently with Tslil Reichman, the community shlichah. They even had some time to explore the big floor map … more
You can tell a lot about a person based on his or her favorite Beatle. You were a fan of Ringo? You tended to support the underdog. Paul? You were superficially addicted to good looks and … more
Today, I was thinking how events in our lives shape us and make us who we are. Sometimes I think, “If this had happened instead of that, what would my life be.” I then think, “What … more
In one of his articles for the R.I. Jewish Historical Association Notes (Vol. 2, No. 1), David Adelman included an item from “1001 Valuable Things Free,” published in a 1955 pocket … more
Noah Feldman – one of Esquire magazine’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” Harvard’s Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, and Bloomberg News commentator … more
Arts Emanu-El takes you back to 1945 with a compelling new film of the same name. “1945” was written by the novelist and screenwriter Gabor Szanto, whose short story, … more
Benjamin Franklin’s influence on Judaism occurred posthumously, primarily through his autobiography, and by way of Sefer Cheshbon ha-Nefesh (Book of Spiritual Accounting) written by the maskil … more
(Family Features) – A wedding day is filled with symbolic tradition, from varied religious customs to the never-ending circle reflected in the rings and the types of flowers accentuating the … more
Thirty years ago this Valentine’s Day, I proposed to my girlfriend in my column in the newspaper where I was working. We were married later that year, and in October we will celebrate our 30th … more
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