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Leading with Values

Oct 03, 2018

Leading with Values: A multigenerational family discusses their love for Beth El and commitment to the Annual Appeal
By: Brandon Chiat, Digital Media Manager

If you ask Arnold Fruman about his work, you might get a surprising answer.

Though he is president of National Lumber Company, one of the last family-owned lumber yards in Baltimore and one of the largest in Maryland, Mr. Fruman would prefer to tell you about his role at Beth El.

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Beth El's Guide to Sukkot

Sep 21, 2018

How to Observe the Customs and Rituals of Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Five days after Yom Kippur we observe the Festival of Sukkot, one of three major pilgrimage festivals mentioned in the Torah (Passover and Shavuot are the others).

According to rabbinic tradition, we construct Sukkot (booths) to commemorate our ancestors’ 40 years of wandering in the desert following the Exodus from slavery in Egypt.

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5779...WOW!

Sep 04, 2018

5779...WOW! There are some years when I've eagerly embraced a new chapter. There are other years when I was reluctant to turn the page. This year I wish I could just freeze time: My kids are getting too big, too fast. The world is spinning too quickly. The days often feel too full.

I love the High Holidays because they give us all the opportunity to take a break from producing, from being busy. They promise us that we can get "unstuck.” They anchor us again in eternal values. They assure us that we matter.

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Beth El's Guide to Yom Kippur

Aug 15, 2018

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement.

According to tradition, Rosh Hashanah is the day when God inscribes people in either the Book of Life or Death, but Yom Kippur is the day on which God seals our fate for the coming year. As such, the day is devoted to communal repentance for sins committed over the course of the previous year and is thus the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar.

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Hiddur Mitzvah: Torah Breastplate (Choshen)

Aug 15, 2018

Hiddur Mitzvah is the Jewish concept of beautifying the commandment by appealing to the senses. Ornate ritual objects engage our feelings with their sounds, fragrances, tastes, textures, colors, and artistry. These aesthetically pleasing objects enhance our observation of Jewish practice and expand the enjoyment of religious acts. In this series, Ritual Director Ben Kreshtool explores several ritual objects in Beth El’s collection that are lovely examples of Hiddur Mitzvah.

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Hiddur Mitzvah: “The Steps of Holiness" (Havdalah set)

Aug 14, 2018

Hiddur Mitzvah is the Jewish concept of beautifying the commandment by appealing to the senses. Ornate ritual objects engage our feelings with their sounds, fragrances, tastes, textures, colors, and artistry. These aesthetically pleasing objects enhance our observation of Jewish practice and expand the enjoyment of religious acts. In this series, Ritual Director Ben Kreshtool explores several ritual objects in Beth El’s collection that are lovely examples of Hiddur Mitzvah.

Shabbat is a central aspect of Judaism and a distinctive Jewish ritual.

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