Monthly Archives: March 2017

People call this collection of writings by various names: Old Testament, Tanakh, Hebrew Bible. Some names bring with them a sort of prejudice against these writings. If a testament is old, does that mean it is out of touch, irrelevant? Other names can be confusing. Hebrew Bible, the term I prefer, creates anxiety: will I…

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So, you want to celebrate Passover in a traditional way. You pick up a Haggadah, a Passover manual, and you think it will be simple. Passover is a ritual meal with a few symbolic foods and the story from Exodus, right? But as you read the Haggadah it seems anything but. What’s going on? It…

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A student — who is not Jewish and who has never learned a melody for reciting Passover blessings — asked me to record a melody that I use. I like a happy melody for blessings. If you are familiar with the commonly known piece of music used for Jewish berachot (blessings), this is not that.…

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Passover is approaching. Maybe you’ve experience this before: you know the holiday is coming, you think you should do something to learn more about it, but the whole thing passes by in a flash and you have yet another year where you don’t take the time to improve your understanding and connect with God deeply…

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