Gilgamesh, the Flood, and the Garden

Gilgamesh, the Flood, and the Garden

Much has been written comparing the Flood in Genesis to the Flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh. It seems reasonable, considering that the ancient world likely heard the story from their ancestors through an oral epic poem so that it would be easily remembered. So it is...
Stay Focused on the Goal

Stay Focused on the Goal

As we read through this week’s parasha, Chayei Sara (Genesis 23:1-25:18), we experience with Abraham and Isaac the death of their beloved wife and mother, Sara. We then listen as Abraham negotiates with residents of Kiriath-arba concerning a plot of land to bury Sara,...
A Time for Rain

A Time for Rain

On Shemini Atzeret (the day after the conclusion of Sukkot), Jews switched from praying for dew during the morning Shacharit prayer service to praying for rain. In a country, such as Israel, the proper amount of rain in a timely manner is of the utmost importance. As...
Old Dog, New Tricks?

Old Dog, New Tricks?

You’ve heard it said: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” Often this saying is applied to the “older generation,” no matter which one. I’m here to tell you that saying does not apply to every “senior.” I am living proof! A short story of my life will...
Inspiring Jewish Women: Gertrude Elion

Inspiring Jewish Women: Gertrude Elion

Between 1901 and 2019, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 919 people and 24 organizations. Of the Nobel laureates, 20% have been Jewish.[1] This is amazing considering the Jewish people only comprise 0.2% of the world’s population! Of the 919 laureates, only 53 were...
Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah

Imagine this: It’s Erev Simchat Torah. The synagogue is full of people and of high expectations. All the Torah scrolls, dressed in their beautiful mantles, are taken out of the ark, waiting to be carried around the synagogue by the attendees for seven hakafot...

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