Does suffering lead to spiritual growth?  Why were the Jews sent down to Egypt? People do not choose to suffer but many of life’s experiences do strengthen peoples' ability to cope with life. Rabbu Frimer discusses how the seder service each year enables values to be passed on to the next generation.

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This is the bread of our affliction?
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 174
 

When he was thirteen Richard Shavei Tzion proudly used his brand new Rosh Hashanah Machzor. He could not understand why the chazzan’s book was so old, why did he not buy a new one? Now thirty years later he understands. Understanding music and leading services himself, his own Machzor is now full of markings and notations - not only a useful book but one that holds many precious memories for him

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Well-thumbed and stained it may be, but my machzor is such an important part of my life
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 174
 

When asked, “Where does God exist?” the Kotzker Rebbe replied, “Wherever you let Him in.” Deborah described how she gradually began to let God into her life, and became one of the baalei teshuva - Jews who turn to embrace Orthodox Judaism. She describes the joy and satisfaction she derives from her religion as well as the struggles and effort she has to make to fill her knowledge gap.

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My hat- How I got religion
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 172
 

Rabbi Frimer explains that the Greeks who ruled the land of Israel during the Maccabean revolution were not the followers of Socrates and Aristotle, but were Hellenists trying to force their culture onto the Jewish population. He discusses how we too have taken on much of the Western culture and queries whether we are becoming modern day Hellenists.

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Chanukah 5774: Are we today’s Hellenists?
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 172
 

Marion explains the significance not only of round challah, apple and honey, and tzimmes, but also many other varieties of food that symbolize sweetness, goodness and abundance and are part of the Rosh Hashanah 'seder'. Judy Shapiro has also contributed 2 traditional and festive recipes for the holiday meals.

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Why we eat the food we do at New Year
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 171
 

JLP – Jewish Learning Partners, the English Chavruta program will help you study Judaism

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This new program will help you study Judaism
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 170
 

The joy and pleasure of celebrating a joint England-Israel batmitzvah celebration

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mazal tov
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 170
 

We’re now in the period between Pesach and Shavuot, when we mourn the thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s students killed by plague for disrespecting each other. But perhaps the real reason was discord and strife in his academy, writes Rabbi Aryeh Frimer.

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Love versus respect
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 169
 

A redeemed Torah scroll is one which has been repaired, either after having been saved from one of the European communities decimated in the Holocaust, or given by a synagogue in which it is no longer used. Judy Shapiro describes how a redeemed Torah scroll found a home at an IDF base.

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Save a Torah
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 169
 

The Shalom Hartman Institute proved to be intellectually nourishing, eliciting much appreciation from a skeptical American secular Jew. With a superb program devoted to scholarly discussion it addresses major challenges facing the Jewish people while accepting various points of view

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The Hartman Institute
Category: Jewish Scene
Issue No. 167
 
 
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