mitzvot

Bags Of Love, Festival Of Lights

12/04/2012
Staff Writer

Some 150 families in the Bronx got a head start on Chanukah this week.

Actually, they used their hands and feet.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Religion, Guilt And The Jewish Condition

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

11/03/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Through the years, I’ve grown reluctant to divulge my rabbinic identity to those whom I meet on vacation, or in a purely social context far away from work.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Arguably, A Mitzvah

07/19/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Jewish tradition is full of argument, but argument is not its essence. Judaism is a system devoted to the sacred deed.

Mitzvot in all their array — ritual, ethical, colorful, mundane, God-directed, human-centered -- mitzvot are the central stuff of Judaism. What cannot be said can be enacted. The meaning of Shabbat candles is ultimately inexpressible; lighting is the language of ritual, at once less articulate and yet deeper than any words.

Father’s Day — It’s A Mitzvah

06/14/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Children sometimes ask, as mine did when they were younger, why, if there is a Father’s Day and a Mother’s Day, is there no Children’s Day. Although it’s not the response that I used, the classic one is that every day is Children’s Day.

The Revolution In Teen Outreach

Synagogues, educational groups rethinking offerings and
restructuring programs to reach a new generation.

Associate Editor
01/11/2011

For eighth graders enrolled in Temple Emanu-El’s religious schoolTemple Emanu-El’s religious school, the lessons this year are less aleph-bet and more ABC.

Once a month, the young teens make the short trek from Upper East Side to East Harlem to volunteer with elementary-age kids at the Association to Benefit Children, an agency that offers numerous services for disadvantaged children.

Eighth graders at Temple Emanu-El volunteer at Harlem’s Association to Benefit Children as part of a service-learning program.
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