Archive: January 2018

Seeking Higher Purpose in the New Year

Posted on January 5, 2018

A new secular year has dawned, and, as with all things new, it brings the opportunity to greet it with optimism and thoughtfulness for its possibilities. For some of us, the possibility exists of choosing to do something truly different with our lives in this new year. Most of us, however, will find ourselves carrying Continue Reading »

Jamie Pear: Repairing the World by Working with Children

Posted on January 2, 2018

Childhood examples of tikkun olam helped inform Jamie Pear’s life’s work. Jamie, a TBE member and resident of Bridgewater, has spent much of her career helping children, and training others to serve the most vulnerable among them. Jamie says she has “always been passionate about working with children,” following in her mother’s footsteps to devote Continue Reading »

What Judaism Means to Me

Posted on January 2, 2018

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of remarks made by Shelley Drozd during Yom Kippur’s Reflection Service. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to share her words with you. I feel my Judaism in my DNA. I come from a long line of Glasers who arrived in this country from Latvia in the Continue Reading »

Time Out for the Soul

Posted on January 2, 2018

Did you finish your homework? Practice piano? Hurry, we’ll be late to soccer! Don’t forget to pack for the school trip! Got the right backpack?! Sound familiar? The average week is so full of activity—school and homework, sports, music lessons, play rehearsals, scouts…the list goes on and on. There’s also Sunday school, Hebrew school, and Continue Reading »

The Origins and Meaning of the Tu BiShvat Seder

Posted on January 2, 2018

There is no halachah, no legal structure to define Tu Bishvat. For this reason, its position in Jewish practice wavers between two opposing poles, which can be understood by reference to two important Jewish leaders of the 20th Century: the modern orthodox scholar Rabbi Irving Greenberg and the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. According Continue Reading »