More by Rabbi Eric Solomon

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“And You Shall Teach Them to Your Children”

Few commandments are more basic to the fabric of Jewish life than the charge to teach Torah to one’s children. At the centerpiece of Pesah, one of our most ancient, central and widely-celebrated holidays when we relive the story of … Continue reading »

 
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Vengeance Is Not A Jewish Value

For most of the public reading of Megillat Ester, one will likely find our community laughing heartily, shaking groggers and rejoicing in the salvation of the Jewish people. But, towards the end of the story, the mood dramatically changes. The … Continue reading »

 
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Examining the Mystery of Kol Nidre

Kol Nidre is an Aramaic phrase which means far more than its literal translation, “All Vows.” This statement of annulment of vows has become such a dominant part of the Jewish religious psyche that it is commonly used to designate … Continue reading »

 
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The Politics of Kashrut

The laws of kashrut are complex and often mired in politics and separatism. Meant to serve a myriad of purposes, these laws have varied impacts on our 21st century lives. The hekhsher symbols on a kosher product generally denote which … Continue reading »