Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’

The Religious Practice of Listening, Acting On LGBTQ Discrimination

By Rabbi Alana Alpert One of the most fundamental, vital practices in our faith tradition of Judaism is the act of listening. As a religious Jew, I am called to listen each and every day. It’s a calling I am reminded of when I recite the Shema, a central prayer in the Jewish tradition. We…

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The Value of Presence

Growing up in Boca Raton, Fla., I received a public-school education that encompassed a very narrow understanding of what it meant to be Jewish. My Judaism was comprised of Friday night family dinners, collecting treats from the “candy man” at shul on Shabbat, and attending both Sunday school and summer camp. Most of my friends…

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Frances Holtzman with daughter Jan Colman

Never Too Late: Frances Holtzman celebrates 100 years with Jewish tradition.

Judy Greenwald/JN Contributing Writer The saying “It’s never too late” is one not lost on Frances Holtzman. The Farmington Hills resident, who’ll celebrate her 100th birthday Dec. 27, is taking this phrase along with her love of Judaism to heart by becoming a bat mitzvah at Adat Shalom on Dec. 29. Born Frances Clinton in…

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Rapper Nissim Black, a black man with curled pais and a black top hat and suit stands in profile before a velvet curtain and intricately designed wallpaper.

Celebrating Life

Nissim’s raps bring holiday joy to Chanukah Wonderland. Suzanne Chessler Contributing Writer The rapper known as Nissim was raised by parents who gave him career direction through their rapping careers, but he had to establish personal stability on his own. Nissim experimented with different religious practices to find the spirituality he felt was missing from…

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Students participate in a J-Talk discussion session.

Jewish@edu – Lively Discussion

Weekly J-Talk sessions bring topics into focus. Nisim Nesimov } jewish@edu writer They say there are three things you should never talk about at the dinner table: money, religion and politics. At J-Talk, a weekly meeting of young Jewish college students from Metro Detroit, this adage is thrown out the door. Led by Rabbi Michele…

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Carly Sugar and one of the chickens she raises in her Detroit backyard.

Firsthand Food

Kosher slaughtering in her own backyard brings Jewish values home. Carly Sugar Special to the Jewish News On one side, a factory-farmed chicken breathed laboriously, relieved to have her weight off her scrawny legs and resting in his grip. On the other side, occasionally wriggling to free herself from Yadidya’s arm, was a heritage-breed hen…

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star of David next to Hebrew texts in a synagogue showing Jewish living and Jewish life

Guest Column: Are We Giving Our Children a Religion of Fear?

Aaron Starr Recently, synagogue sanctuaries around the community and across the country were full as a response to the horrible tragedy that occurred in Pittsburgh. It was the right response to the shooting that injured us all. It was an appropriate reaction to the murders of our brothers and sisters, to the shattering of Tree…

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Star of David on a wall seen through an iron fence

Essay: There’s Nothing New About this Wave of Anti-Semitism

Linda Laderman Since 11 Jews were murdered on Nov. 4 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh, it seems like every media outlet has a theory as to why anti-Semitism is on the rise. The reporting is non-stop, from in-depth analyses in the New York Times of the psychology…

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two men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

New Course Invites Community To ‘Wrestle With Faith’

This October, Rabbi Levi Dubov of the Chabad Jewish Center of Bloomfield Hills will offer “Wrestling with Faith,” a new six-session course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) that openly addresses common challenges people have in their relationship with God and Judaism. “Just about everyone has some degree of skepticism when it comes to…

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Amalie Materna, Emil Scaria and Hermann Winkelmann (right) in the 1882 premiere production of Parsifal in Bayreuth, 1882

My Parsifal Conductor

Alice Burdick Schweiger Special to the Jewish News Heading to NYC this fall? Check out this play written by a Jew, based on an opera by an anti-Semite that was conducted by his close friend, a Jew. Above: Amalie Materna, Emil Scaria and Hermann Winkelmann (right) in the 1882 premiere production of Parsifal in Bayreuth, 1882…

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