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  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?"

Dear Friends, As you gather for the first night of Hanukkah, I want to send to you a question and text for discussion with family, friends and guests. Each night of Hanukkah I will send you a distinct question and text for your discussion. These questions and texts form the ...continue reading "A Question for the First Night of Hanukkah"

My daughter alerted me to a New York Times essay by Bari Weiss, "A Dress Rehearsal for our Deaths".  The piece was revelatory for her because she had not understood the holidays in that way. I said to myself, "My daughter is now becoming an adult."   The essay is ...continue reading "What is the Joy of Sukkot?"

I an grateful this season for the opportunity this year to take a break from leading High Holiday services. I took the opportunity to leave town to be a regular davener and to be with family members.  I went to Hazon's Rosh Hashannah retreat  in Connecticut and to Mishkan Chicago ...continue reading "An America of Hope and Fear-A Sermon by my Colleague Rabbi Ed Feinstein"

Yom Kippur comes at the end of a spiritual pilgrimage that begins at Rosh Hashanah and some say much earlier in the summer. That pilgrimage, if we choose to walk its path is about Teshuvah-about changing, turning, transforming. Teshuvah for the most part is acted out with other human beings. We ...continue reading "Walking the Spiritual Pilgrimage of This Season"