Posts Tagged ‘Shavuot’

Yocheved Perlman and Shelley Perlman

Sweet Success

Family duo create kosher treats for the holidays. What started out as a desire to create the perfect Passover cookie that didn’t taste like cardboard has taken off into “Cookies and More by Shelley and Yocheved,” a modest home-based Oak Park business that Shelley Perlman and her granddaughter Yocheved Perlman started two years ago. Now…

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Supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign.

DJJ at the Poor People’s Campaign

Praying With My Feet For the past two Mondays, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of joining the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) in Lansing as part of its “40 Days of Moral Action.” The PPC is committed to the lofty goals of ending the “four evils of racism, militarism, poverty and environmental devastation,” and recognizes…

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Torah Shavuot

This Shavuot, I Thought Of Gaza

This month, Jews in Detroit and around the world celebrated receipt of the Torah, reaffirming a contract our ancestors made to remember and keep its teachings. We did this in a variety of ways — reading the Ten Commandments in synagogue, eating dairy treats at home (I still don’t get that one) and studying deep…

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All-Night Studying

Tikkun Leil Shavuot has evolved over the last decades as a holiday ritual. Since Jews stopped bringing sacrifices, the festival of Shavuot has looked like a generic Yom Tov, without distinctive rituals. Shavuot had an unusual sacrifice (Leviticus 23:17-20), but now another ritual has emerged. The prayer book identifies Shavuot as “the season of the…

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Weekly Torah Portion – A Road Map For The Journey

Parshat Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 2:1-22 This Shabbat, we begin the reading of the book of Bamidbar, Numbers, which chronicles much of the journey of the Exodus. We always begin the reading of Bamidbar very close to the holiday of Shavuot, the holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. While this is…

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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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Little girl choosing dresses in white bedroom. Child watching mirror reflection holding pink dress choosing outfit. Girls nursery. Shopping clothing for kids. Dressing room interior for children.

Dress-Up Dilemma

Send your questions to deardebra@renmedia.us. Dear Debra, Whenever a friend’s daughter visits, she asks if she can try on our daughter’s clothes. This isn’t playing with our dress-up clothes, but actually going into our daughter’s closet and chest of drawers and taking things out to put on. It’s bizarre, yes?  I have told her no…

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silhouette hand with chain is absent and blurred sky in sunrise background representing the freedom of the Jews from their shackles during Pesach.

Weekly Torah Portion – A Meaningful Freedom

This period of the Jewish calendar is referred to as Zman Cheiriteinu — the time of our freedom. It is when we celebrate our independence and commemorate God’s salvation of the Bnei Yisrael, Israelites, from their Egyptian servitude. Year after year, we speak of our freedom, but what precisely are we celebrating when we spotlight…

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