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Posts Tagged ‘Jewish tradition’

Carly Sugar’s sukkah at her home in Rosedale Park on the northwest side of Detroit. The home is a collective of artists and makers called the Glastonbury Collective.

Reclaiming Sukkot

Finding new meaning in ancient tradition. As the moon waxes into fullness and the growing season reaches its end, we celebrate Sukkot. This holiday takes us out of this modern time, with its comforts and complexities, through rituals that seem downright witchy, if not counter-cultural. We are called to build a sukkah — a temporary…

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Marc Sussman makes these round, braided raisin challahs and puts ramekins in the middle for honey for Rosh Hashanah.

Nothing Better!

Louis Finkelman Contributing Writer Home-baked challah for Rosh Hashanah — and year-round. Ask Gene Schramm when he started making challah and he replies, unhelpfully, “At least a year ago.” His wife, Dr. Mintzi Schramm, clarifies that he took up challah baking when he retired as a professor of linguistics and Semitics at the University of…

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Honey with apple for Rosh Hashana, jewish New Year. Selective focus. community

Guest Column: Rosh Hashanah Greetings

The High Holidays are my favorite time of year because they are a time of coming together as a community. In fact, many Jewish laws and traditions focus upon not being alone and upon coming together. In prayer, birth, marriage, even after death as our body awaits burial, Jewish life compels us to be in the…

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everyone matters, dignity

Weekly Torah Portion – Preserving Dignity

Parshat Ki Tetze: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10 Human dignity has always been a central concern of the Torah and the Jewish tradition. The Torah portion this week gives us several examples of protections that were provided for people who were at a disadvantage in ancient societies such as the poor, the resident alien, widows, orphans…

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Getting Married At Other Peoples’ Weddings

Well, not exactly. But, being at other peoples’ weddings certainly makes me think about my own wedding. And June, July and definitely August are shaping up to be very busy nuptial seasons. This August, my best friend and my sister are getting married within two weeks of each other, and I am in both weddings.…

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painted rocks. rock painting

Michigan Rocks!

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer Rock painting and hiding are a fun family pastime. If you’re out and about this summer and spy a flash of color, check it out. It could be a hidden painted rock. Its sole purpose: to bring you a smile. The rock painting craze is simple: People paint rocks and hide…

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Lansing, Michigan Capitol

Commentary: Risking Arrest

About four years ago, I was in my first week of training for my summer fellowship in community organizing. I was still learning the basics of what I would be doing that summer and getting to know my cohort when they took us to a protest at the Los Angeles airport. It was one of…

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Paper stickers with different names on wooden background

Weekly Torah Portion – Names And Consequences

Parshat Korach: Numbers 16:1-18:32; I Samuel 11:14-12:22. I remember when my wife and I were preparing to have our first son. We spent a long time trying to find just the right name; as part of that process, we consulted a Jewish name encyclopedia. It was fascinating to read through the various names with their…

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The introduction of giving tzedakah (charity): Each family member who cuts the hair gives the child money to put into his tzedakah box.

Ami’s Upsherin

Beverly Kent Goldenberg Special to the Jewish news 3-year-old marks birthday with Jewish tradition. Although they are not religious, Etai and Caroline Goldenberg love Jewish traditions, customs and celebrations. This Lag b’Omer, they marked their son, Ami’s (Amichai Barak Goldenberg) third birthday with an upsherin. Ami’s upsherin took place at an Israeli-style Lag b’Omer celebration…

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Hillel students, faculty and staff spell out 60 in honor of the school’s 60th anniversary.

Hillel At 60

Above: Hillel students, faculty and staff spell out 60 in honor of the school’s 60th anniversary. Nurturing Jewish leaders traditionally and now in 21st-century fashion. As Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit heralds its 60th year, it celebrates the transformation of a school from a traditional academic model into an institution that is nationally regarded as…

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