Judaism


As The Candles Gutter Out

Today is the last day of Chanukah. Last night we lit our last candles of this holiday. With all the hype that led up to Chanukah, it’s hard to imagine that it is over. I can’t image what it feels like for Christians who have (I feel) an even bigger build up to their holiday and then only one night and one day Xmas. With all this holiday spirit and war on Xmas talk… what are we, as Jews to feel when we look at our lit chanukiah? Our chanukiah brings light......

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Chanukah  A Time For Re-Dedication

I work for the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and being a Jewish organization, we begin every meeting with a bissel Torah (a bit of Torah learning). We call them d’vars (though, the correct way to make d’var plural in Hebrew would be Divrei). A d’var is general a talk on a section of Torah. More often than not, our divrei are on current topics in Israel or America or relating to holidays or a teaching we recently heard or saw. This is the d’var I gave at our all staff meeting......

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A song to make your Chanukah happy & an easy way to give back!

Yes, folks! It’s that time of year! Prep your Chanukiah, Chanukah is here! Beginning tomorrow night we will be lighting candles for 8 nights to honor our forefathers, the Maccabees who fought bravely against the Greeks to regain control of our Holy Temple. Many people tell this story as one of a miracle of oil. Sure, the oil may have lasted for eight whole days but the true miracle was the military victory. Against all odds, a small guerrilla army of Jews led by Judah Maccabee fought the mighty Greeks. The Greeks......

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Why Thanksgiving is this Jewish girl’s favorite holiday…

Ever since I was a little girl, there was no doubt what my favorite holiday was. Thanksgiving. Now, I would say that it really is a tie for number one… Thanksgiving tied with Purim. Now Purim was special because I was born on Purim in a leap year, meaning I was born in Adar II, when we add a whole extra month. So Purim always held a special place in my heart. But why Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving. A quintessential American holiday. A holiday that represents America and apple pie and all things patriotic.......

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The Pride of a Daughter
Family, Judaism |
November 14, 2011

The Pride of a Daughter

I am so very proud of my family. Now, we may be crazy but I am still very proud of my whole family. But this post is about my father. My father, my tatti, my abbasama, is a very special guy. He was always pretty slow to anger. Never hit us, rarely spanked us, and I was only grounded once… when I was 5… and I walked to the next-door neighbor’s house without telling them… and she couldn’t see me in the peephole because I was too little… I was “lost” for......

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A Whirlwind Tishrei
Israel, Judaism |
October 23, 2011

A Whirlwind Tishrei

Last Tishrei I wrote about my adventures, traveling and getting settled in Israel. It was an incredible time for me. I was embarking on an extraordinary journey into myself and my Judaism. This Tishrei has been markedly different. I am back in the states, working hard for the Jewish community and have a lot going on. But I forced myself to stop and reflect this year as Rosh Hashanah approached and then Yom Kippur. We moved into Sukkot feeling fresh and ready to handle the new year… and then I was truly......

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Shana Tova u’Mitukah – A Happy and Sweet New Year

Shana tova to my readers! I have so many great blog posts waiting in the queue to finish and I promise I will but thank you for another amazing year with you, my loyal and kinda friends who continue to check this crazy blog! This time last year I was at Mayanot in Israel and exploring the holidays in Jerusalem. I remember the struggle I felt as I was trying to settle into life in Israel and celebrate the holidays away from my family. This year, life is totally different. Oh how......

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Did We Do More Harm Than Good?

As we wrap up the marathon 24 hours of news coverage surrounding the tenth anniversary of September 11th, a question occurred to me. All day I have been watching on and off. DVRing some programs, watching others live. I went to the Colorado Rockies game today and it was full of symbolism and significance. Former military, current military, children, police officers, and firemen. Every conversation surrounded this significant day. As I wrapped up my day watching home videos and other citizen journalism, painstakingly chronically every second of the 102 minutes that changed......

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Is New Media Mainstream?

This was written for an online publication and never published so I thought I would share it with my wonderful blog readers! Enjoy… I hope! Is New Media Mainstream? By Talia Davis They say you know technology isn’t ‘cool’ anymore when your parents join. I have to admit, it was interesting to become ‘friends’ with my dad on Facebook but, overall, I feel that theory is incorrect. Facebook and Twitter may not be ‘edgy’ any more or reserved for us early adopters but I think the world at large is better for......

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Eluling… How To Start Fresh Every Year

The beginning of this secular month coincided with the beginning of the new Jewish month. Now that doesn’t always happen and isn’t very common but causes a bit of confusion among the secular community when it does.  But that is neither here nor there. This new month is called Elul. People talk about Elul being the last month of the year, before Rosh Hashanah comes in to begin our new year. However, that is not quite correct either. Here’s a funny trick about the Hebrew year. Our big new year’s celebration (think......

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