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Message to the Jewish Community and CBI Acknowledging the Burdens of the Black Community Rabbi Dov Gartenberg 6/1/2020 I recall when I my children were about to go to college, that I sat down with them to talk about Anti-Semitism they might encounter during their college years. I would share ...continue reading "Acknowledging the Burdens of the Black Community"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg With the Governor’s 1st phase reopening guidelines, it is possible for Houses of Worship to gather at 25% capacity. At the time of this writing, the CBI leadership is deliberating on what makes sense for our congregation.  I have recommended a cautious approach to gathering physically. While ...continue reading "Trying to Return to Reading the Torah: A Thought Experiment"

  The Questions posed are in this series of blog posts are part of Rabbi Gartenberg's Hanukkah Seder. For a copy, write to him at dov@panimhadashot.org Question for the 8th Night:  What is the historical legacy of Hanukkah? Dipping for the 8th Question: Dip a piece of sweet, fruity bread into a ...continue reading "A Question for the 8th Night of Hanukkah: What Does Hanukkah Have to Teach Us in Our Times"

     The Questions posed are in this series of blog posts are part of Rabbi Gartenberg's Hanukkah Seder. For a copy, write to him at dov@panimhadashot.org Question for the 7th Night:  What is the historical legacy of Hanukkah? Dipping for the 7th Question: Dip a piece of challah into mixed oil ...continue reading "A Question for the 7th Night of Hanukkah: What is the Historic Legacy of Hanukkah?"

The Questions posed are part of Rabbi Gartenberg's Hanukkah Seder. For a copy, write to him at dov@panimhadashot.org Dipping for the 6th Question: Dip roasted. garlic bread in a special mixed oil of with cinnamon, cumin, Fresh green chile. Effect   An initial sweet and savory taste followed by the chile's ...continue reading "A Question for the 6th Night of Hanukkah: Were the Maccabees Heroes or Zealots?"

On the fifth night of Hanukkah we pose this question: Why did the Jews reject passive resistance against Antiochus? We pose and discuss this question as we dip a piece of dark rye bread into Cardamon and Sumac Flavored Oil. "[Due to the persecution] many seekers for justice went down ...continue reading "A Question for the 5th Night of Hanukkah: Why did the Jews Reject Passive Resistance Against Antiochus?"

Why did some Jews choose to die for God? The Maccabean revolt is the first appearance of martyrdom in the history of religion. The most vivid story of Martyrdom we tell below.  As we explore this question at the Hanukkah Seder, we dip rosemary bread into an oil mixed with ...continue reading "The Question of the Fourth Night: When is it Necessary to Die for God? The Jewish Teachings on Martyrdom"