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By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Sunday, 10/07/18 Bereishit (Genesis) 18:1-8 – The practice of hospitality in Judaism originates with Avraham and Sarah. “God appeared to him [Avraham] in the plains of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to the tent in the heat of the day. He lifted his ...continue reading "Limmud Torah (Torah Study):  The Practice of Hospitality in Judaism. #1"

Why did I create Panim Hadashot-New Faces?  As you may know, Panim Hadashot-New Faces is dedicated to renewing the tradition of Shabbat Hospitality.  Why the emphasis on hospitality?   To be honest, my work as "Convener and Director" of Panim Hadashot-New Faces reflects two things in my life, a personality ...continue reading "A Personal Reflection on Why I Created Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

Why do we open the door for Elijah so late on Seder night? I learned from my Talmud teacher that the tradition of opening the door for Elijah late in the Seder was not the original tradition. Instead, the opening of the door on Pesah took place at the very beginning of ...continue reading "Panim Hadashot-New Faces Passover Appeal"

  “Hospitality is a bridge to all the great   virtues, but it is immediately accessible.   You don’t have to love or forgive or feel   compassion to extend hospitality. But   it’s more than an invitation. It is the   creation of a safe, inviting, trustworthy   space ...continue reading "A Beautiful Observation on the ‘Virtue’ of Hospitality"

Sukkot is called in the liturgy "the season of our joy"-zman simchateinu. Honestly, it does not feel in the world as a season of joy. Our hearts go out to the devastated inhabitants of Puerto Rico and to the victims and their families of the horrific mass shooting in Las ...continue reading "Sukkot Message 2017"

September 2017, Elul 5777  To my fellow Jews,   Please invite us to your home for Shabbat!  I know this sounds hutzpidik (audacious), but we would like to team up with you to create a wonderful experience of Sabbath joy and to share with you the beautiful practice and mitzvah ...continue reading "Please Invite Us to Your Home for Shabbat!"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Written 16-11-10   For me the results of the presidential election were devastating. I was so concerned about the racist and Anti-Semitic undertones of the Trump campaign that I volunteered to canvas for HRC in a battleground state for a week before the election. I spent a ...continue reading "A Message to Friends of Panim Hadashot-New Faces Concerning the Election"