By: Rabbi Steve Schwartz
There is a traditional debate about the very first verse of this morning’s Torah portion, and at the heart of the debate is the question of the quality of Noah’s character. The verse tells us נח איש תמים היה בדורותיו – Noah was righteous man, in his generation. That can be interpreted in two ways – he was righteous – even in a generation where no one else was! Or you could understand that to mean ‘in his generation he was righteous!’ – but in another generation, maybe not so much!
By: Rabbi Steve Schwartz
Often, the work of a Jewish educator goes unsung. That is no longer the case for Dr. Eyal Bor, Beth El Congregation’s Director of Education and Lifelong Learning.
On November 12, at an Academic Convocation in New York City, Dr. Bor will receive the degree of Doctor of Pedagogy, conferred by the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary in partnership with the Jewish Educators Assembly.
If that is at all noteworthy, it is because Robert’s wife, Elizabeth and her family are Catholic.
Have you ever said one thing, only to have someone misinterpret it entirely?
You're not alone.
Communication is rarely straightforward. In fact, every person has a unique conversational style.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know the Mishnah Rosh Hashanah describes four new years on the Jewish calendar? The First of Nisan is the new year for Kings and the festivals, the First of Elul for tithes of animals, the First of Tishrei for years, and the First of Shevat is the new year for the trees (although Beit Hillel says this is actually on the 15th).