Holiday

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Building a World with both Din and Rachamim

by Julie Carpenter

Rosh Hashanah 5779 This summer, Adam and I went to see the new documentary on Mr. Rogers: Won’t you be my neighbor? If you’re not familiar with Mr. Rogers, he was the creator, writer, and producer of the magical television show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood that he introduced to his local TV station as a countercultural […]

Confessions of a Reluctant Beard-Grower

by Adam Roffman

Every year, around this time, when I run into someone I haven’t seen in a few weeks, I am greeted with the same five words. “Rabbi, I like the beard!” It takes quite a bit of restraint not to reply, “Thanks, but I hate it!” It’s true, though.  Facial hair is not my thing.  It’s […]

Out of the Strong Came Something Sweet

by Ari Sunshine

Yizkor 8th Day Pesach 5778 Last weekend we were able to celebrate our first Sedarim here in Dallas, hosting new friends and members of our Shearith community for both nights.  We enjoyed two warm, discussion and ruach (spirit)-filled evenings that both went late into the night.  It was a treat to be able to celebrate […]

Why is Passover eight days long?

by Adam Roffman

We tend to take it for granted that things in Judaism are the way they are for a reason, even if we don’t necessarily know or understand that reason ourselves.  Nevertheless, I find that when it comes to deepening my relationship with my faith, asking myself, “Did it have to be this way?” is so […]

A “Not Just December” Dilemma

by Julie Carpenter

by Rabbi Adam Roffman A couple  weeks ago, I was watching TV with Shira when I saw my first “Happy Holidays” commercial of the season.  And, as is usually the case, I turned to her and said, “already?” I looked down at my watch and read the date.  November 1st.  “Of course,” I thought to […]