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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Rosh Hashanah: Dip Your Apple

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The Meaning of the Shofar

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

For many, the blowing of the shofar – a ram’s horn prepared for use as a musical instrument – is one of the most moving moments of the High Holy Days services.  It is one of the earliest musical instruments known to man that is still … More

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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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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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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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