KOL RINA Presents an Afternoon of Middle Eastern Music!

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:00PM at Kol Rina 60 Valley Street, South Orange, NJ (behind 7-11, enter from First St.) Join vocalist and South Orange native Eliana “Hazzanista” Kissner, pianist, Nicki Adams, and Peter Manheim, percussionist, for an afternoon of multicultural Middle Eastern music Space is limited. For event and payment information and to RSVP […]

Dvar Torah for Behar — Len Levin

Parashat Behar Rabbi Len Levin  All Persons Free under God   “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” (Leviticus 25:10, inscription on the Liberty Bell) “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is Mine, for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.” (Leviticus 25:23, motto of the Jewish […]

Dvar Torah for Korah — Len Levin

Dvar Torah for Parashat Korah Rabbi Len Levin The Question of Freedom “For the congregation are all holy, and Adonai is among them; and why do you exalt yourselves over the congregation of Adonai?” (argument of Korah, Numbers 16:3) “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are […]

Ten Commandments for Our Day — Willa Bruckner

Ten Commandments for Our Day A D’var Torah for Parsha Yitro January 18, 2014 | By Willa Bruckner The older I get, the more I am troubled by the G-d we experience in this part of the Bible — a G-d predisposed to shows of power and might that challenge and instill fear in people.  We’ve […]

On the Orthodox Get-Coercion Controversy: By Rabbi Chana Thompson Shor

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GET ISSUE BY RABBI CHANA THOMPSON SHOR NOTE:  THIS POST IS COPIED BY PERMISSION FROM A POSTING OF RABBI CHANA THOMPSON SHOR of FOREST HILLS JEWISH CENTER [] I’ve been following comments on the “vigilantes for hire”, who for a price would beat up a recalcitrant husband…  One outrageous thing leads […]

Let Them Eat Cake: A Message for Yom Kippur, 2013 by Rebecca Greene

“Let Them Eat Cake.”  What does this bring to mind?  Is it the words of Marie Antoinette, strolling as Bo Peep, in the Gardens of Versailles, immune to the starvation of her people.  Or in “The Butler,” the scene where the protagonist, suffering from hunger, frantically thrusts his arm through a glass bakery window, slathers […]

Remarks Before Shofar Blowing: By Dan Anbar (Rosh Hashana 2013)

Today we are commanded to hear the sound of the shofar.  This commandment first appears in Leviticus 23:24-25.  It says: “In the seventh month, on the first of the month, it shall be a Sabbath for you, a remembrance of the shofar blast; a holy occasion.”  In the next verse the scripture continues: “But on […]