Easter Bunny

This article was originally published in the Florida Jewish Journal, April 2019. You can read the full article here. I am Jewish and the president of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, and for the last few years I have celebrated Easter. That’s right, I go to an Easter dinner with hundreds of families and…

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Chanukah Reconsidered

Chanukah? Every year we celebrate Chanukah without a lot of consideration of its larger message. Chanukah’s a fun holiday; but is there more to Chanukah than the relative fluff of giving gifts, playing with the dreidel and eating latkes? As it turns out, Chanukah speaks to our modern day American Jewish experience. Chanukah is all…

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Mourner's Kaddish

Mourner’s Kaddish: Central to Jewish Prayer The Mourner’s Kaddish is the most recognized and central prayer of the Jewish mourning ritual, even though it does not, even once, mention death. Starting with the prayer’s first verse, the Mourner’s Kaddish is a reaffirmation of faith, life and a prayer for peace. Instead of lamenting the past,…

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Spirituality Life and Well-Being

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY? It may seem unusual that our funeral home has chosen to publish articles focused on spirituality, life, and well-being, but to us, it is natural that we talk about life and not death. After all, we can’t imagine that a lot of our clientele will be reading…

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