Shavuot: This is the Torah that Moses Set Before the People Israel

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

The Torah is the foundational text of Judaism. The Torah scroll is our most revered physical possession. When it is lifted after it has been read during the religious service, the congregation chants “vezot haTorah asher sam Mosheh lifnei benei Israel al pi Adonai, beyad More

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The Prince Of Egypt – When You Believe

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250-plus share a model seder at a church

By Lu Ann Franklin
Published by The Times of Northwest Indiana – March 8, 2015

Sharing the Passover Seder meal creates a bridge between past, current and future generations, and reminds Jews of the responsibility to promote freedom and dignity for all peoples.

On Sunday, more than 250 guests heard … More

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Rosh Hashanah heralds beginning of High Holy Days at sundown

By Lu Ann Franklin
Published by the The Times of Northwest Indiana – September 23, 2014

At sundown Wednesday, the most sacred 10 days in Jewish spiritual life begin as Rosh Hashanah ushers in the Jewish New Year with traditions that date back thousands of years.

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Community starts Passover holiday

By Elvia Malagon
Published by The Times of Northwest Indiana – April 14, 2014

People across Northwest Indiana began observing Passover on Monday night.

Passover is a weeklong holiday where the Jewish community reflects on its ancestors, who about 3,200 years ago left Egypt for Israel after being enslaved.

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Pesach Memories

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin
Published by The Times of Israel - April 13, 2014

I look at the four old photos of my first Seder and see myself at one year old, sitting with my grandfather, and holding the Haggadah.  There they are, my uncles and cousins, the matzah and … More

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Pope Francis and the Jewish People: The First Year

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin
Published by The Times of Israel – March 14, 2014

One year into his pontificate, Pope Francis continues to show his commitment to Jewish-Catholic relations.  He has welcomed to the Vatican six Jewish delegations, as well as Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and … More

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Rabbi Levin is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, IN. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, and is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City for his years of dedicated service to the Conservative movement and the Jewish community...Full bio

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