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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Dayenu, Coming Home – The Fountainheads Pesach Song

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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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Holidays Collide

By Jennifer Pallay
Published by The Times of Northwest Indiana – November 24, 2013

For the first time in 125 years, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will overlap this year, creating an opportunity to combine traditions for American Jewish families.

Mordechai Levin, the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, said, “American … More

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Rabbi-in-Residence – Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, MN

As part of his residency, Rabbi Mordechai Levin, who met fellow Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis, delivered a lecture titled “Pope Francis and the Jewish People: From Catholic-Jewish Relations in Argentina to Catholic-Jewish Relations around the World.”

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Yom Kippur final stage of repentance

By Lu Ann Franklin
Published by The Times of Northwest Indiana – September 13, 2013

At sundown on Friday, those of the Jewish faith began observing Yom Kippur, the holiest of the High Holy Days, with prayer, music and religious services.

Called the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur ends the … More

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Rosh Hashanah begins Jewish High Holy Days

By Lu Ann Franklin
Published by The Times of Northwest Indiana – September 3, 2013

The most sacred 10 days in Jewish spiritual life begin at sundown Wednesday, echoing back through history more than 5,500 years and ahead to the future.

Rosh Hashanah, called the Day of Judgment, begins a … 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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