Patricia Raskin
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An article by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, published on Aish.com, discusses how Passover offers Jews five major lessons in order to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Titled “The 5 Most Important Things … more
The month of Nisan is the first month in the Jewish calendar, which coincides with March-April on the civil alendar. The Torah calls the month of Nisan Hodesh ha-aviv, the month of … more
As I did my research, I was happy to learn that this month, Adar, at the beginning of spring, is known as a month of celebration and happiness. Purim falls in Adar. The Talmud says “when the month of Adar arrives, we increase … more
The arts have been a significant part of Jewish history since the very beginning, telling our story in the best and worst of circumstances. It has been a way for Jews to maintain a sense of cohesion over time, and a reminder of the tragedies and … more
My Nana Esther, my grandmother on my father’s side, came to America from the old country, Russia, when she was a child. She was a small round woman with soft curves and a warm smile. She always wore a neat gray bun, had a beautiful face and she … more
Understanding our ancestral connections, our family’s genealogical roots and their stories constitutes the foundation of our very being. We can truly appreciate where we’re going when we know – and appreciate – where we’ve been. Honoring … more
This story, which appears in my book, “Pathfinding,” is from my late father, who told me that it is adapted from rabbinic literature. It looks at abusive behavior and kindness in a way that brings up some questions for me. How much should we … more
The Rambam states in Hilchot Mechirah (chap. 18:1):
It is forbidden to lie to people in transactions or to steal their opinion, and a gentile and a Jew are equal in this matter. If a person knows that what he is selling is defective, he … more
Lashon hara, which means “evil tongue” in Hebrew, is a multifaceted concept. Speech is considered to be lashon hara if it is true but says something derogatory about a person or party, divulges something not previously known to the … more
The highest Jewish holidays have come and gone but their message remains alive and well and strong. For us Jews, the message on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that we could have lived better in the previous year and ask forgiveness from God and … more
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