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A Busy Person’s Guide to the High Holidays

  Have you ever been to a High Holiday service and you had no idea what was happening? I had such an experience when I first started going to synagogue.  I remember being completely bored throughout the service.  A central American Jewish problem of our time is...

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What is the Secret to Living a Long Life?

A student once asked me: “What is the secret to living a long life?” I responded by stating: “Become a miserable person.  We all know people who are miserable and they seem to live forever. People who are miserable enjoy making other people miserable.    I am...

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Searching for God in a Secular Society

  Mobilerabbi is constantly meeting Jews who describes themselves as “non-religious” or “secular.”  Apparently, God is missing in their daily lives.   I once asked a class to draw a picture of God and no one gave the response I was looking for: that Jews believe that one...

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Jews Without Judaism

I was not raised Jewish.  In order to live a rich Jewish life, I’ve lived in some of the most Jewish areas of the world: Jerusalem, Rockland County in New York and the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Currently I live in Kirkland, a suburb of...

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Being a Spiritual Jew in a Secular Society

Jewish spiritual practices are at the center of my life. I understand Jewish spiritual practices as an effort to become aware of God’s presence in this world, that God's is present in our daily lives, and we have a moral responsibility to respond to that presence....

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We Need Jewish Heroes

 I was recently asked: “who is your favorite hero in the Bible?” Almost 3000 years ago there arose in Israel one of the most fascinating people of all human history: Eliyahu HaNavi, Elijah the prophet.  Besides Moses and King David, there is more folklore regarding Elijah...

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If I Were a Rich Man……

Recently I engaged in an interesting conversation with a fellow Jew who is a successful businessperson.  He admitted that some of the most unhappy people he knows are fellow Jews who are also very wealthy.  They thought that earning money would bring significance to their...

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Should Jews Seek Converts?

At least 30% of American adults switch religions. Someone who converts to Judaism is called a Jew-by-choice.  In Hebrew the convert is called a ger (male) or gioret (female) and the plural is gerim.  The conversion process is called gerut. Conversion to Judaism is usually not concerned...

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Thoughts on Choosing to Become Jewish

Conversion to Judaism is not a cookie-cutter process. There is no single agreed-upon timetable for conversion. Mobilerabbi does not have an exact formula for deciding when a candidate is ready. Each conversion candidate is a unique individual, so too is his or her journey to Judaism....

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A Tribute to Non-Jews Who Practice Judaism

Mobilerabbi has officiated at many interfaith weddings in which the non-Jewish spouse wanted a Jewish wedding.  Mobilerabbi has witnessed many non-Jews who stood under the chupah and were moved to tears when hearing the kiddush or when the glass was broken.  There is a message...

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