Where is God? Where are You? by Rabbi Seth N. Klayman Two Esther-Prompted Questions to Ponder for Purim Where is God? That’s a question that has occupied the minds of theologians, philosophers, and everyday people for ages. It’s also a question that confronts us when we read the biblical Book of Esther. The events described
Yiddish Mama’s Kitchen: Mishloach Manot By Bonnie Saul Wilks, MJBI Staff Writer Purim! It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Jewish celebrations! One beautiful tradition surrounding the holiday of Purim is Mishloach Manot, which means in Hebrew “sending portions.” The distribution of food baskets during this joyous holiday began in Jewish culture originally
Growing up in a rural farm town in Minnesota, my childhood was filled with cars, trucks, and tractors. If it had an engine that made noise, I was interested in it. This was compounded by the fact that my father owned a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS, which he had restored in his younger years. Needless
While we in America were joyously celebrating a brand new year earlier this month, our friends in Israel were feeling anything but joy. The last days of 2016 were quite difficult for those living in the Jewish state. The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 with a 14-0 vote. It states that Israeli communities
As if 2016 has not already been an amazing year, I am actually writing this letter to you as I sit on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There is a thunderstorm moving across the water toward our hotel, and lightning is lighting up the sky while the waves crash soothingly on the shore.
THE NER TAMID | THE ETERNAL HANUKKAH LIGHT By Barri Cae Mallin Seif, PhD “Then came Hanukkah, it was winter in Jerusalem. Yeshua was walking in the temple around Solomon’s colonnade. Then the Judean leaders surrounded Him, saying, ‘How long will You hold us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us outright!’” John 10:22-23. Hanukkah,
Best Brisket for Hanukkah This wonderful recipe for brisket is a great way to begin the festive first night of the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah. After six hours of slow cooking, the house will be filled with the savory smells of beef and onion roasting – an invitation to all who will gather at your
I am filled with gratitude for our 20th Anniversary banquet on Nov. 10. Wow, what a night! And wow, what a 20-year ride! To God be the glory. It is hard to believe that we are beginning our 21st year, a “Sabbath” year of sorts. We expect newness from God as we rest in Him.
Well, here we are. We’re about one week away from the most controversial and pivotal election our country has faced in many years. The tension is tangible; and as November 8th nears, that tension increases. The political rhetoric from both sides will also magnify and probably grow uglier. Many will feel greater depths of hopelessness
Fall is upon us! It seems as though I blinked and summer blew past me this year! With the change of season, I am looking forward to the annual traditions of the fall months – football, cooler weather, pumpkin spiced everything, and the annual MJBI banquet: “FORWARD!” November 10, 2016, at the Arlington Convention Center,