Tennessee: The Volunteer State

By Rabbi Eli Freedman, sermon delivered erev Rosh Hashanah evening 2011 As many of you know, this summer I got married.  Laurel and I decided to take a road-trip to and from our wedding in Texas.  While leaving Asheville, NC and heading into the birthplace of Rabbi Bill Kuhn, I...

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V’Achalta, V’Savata, u’Verachata: You shall eat, you shall be satisfied and you shall bless God.

V’Achalta, V’Savata, u’Verachata You shall eat, you shall be satisfied and you shall bless God. —Birkat HaMazon, the traditional Jewish blessing after the meal. Jewish meals unite us—whether it’s a Passover Seder at home or a Shabbat dinner here at Rodeph Shalom. Food, rituals around food, distinctions about what’s “kosher”...

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Confirmation Academy’s You Be the Judge Project

The confirmation academy has been working on a project over the past few weeks to come up with real-life dilemmas and the Jewish answers to these questions.  Please have a look below at the wonderful creations of our student! Apollo 13B You and your friend are astronauts on a malfunctioning spaceship. There...

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Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr.

Abraham Joshua Heschel was born on January 11, 1907. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. But there is so much more than just having birthdays this month that unite these two amazing men. The photograph of Abraham Joshua Heschel walking arm in arm with Martin Luther...

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