What Happened to the Menorah?

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Hanukkah is the festival which celebrates the regaining of Jewish religious and political independence in the land of Israel. Our ancestors liberated Jerusalem from Greek occupation in 164 B.C.E. When they entered the temple they found enough olive oil to fuel the menorah – the seven-branched … More

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The Maccabeats – Hanukkah song


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High Holidays Resolutions

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin
Published by The Jewish Post and Opinion – August 31, 2016

Jewish people across the world are engaged in preparations for Rosh Hashanah — one of the most important times in the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashanah has deep significance in that it marks the beginning of … More

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Where is Moses in the Haggadah?

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

In several days we will celebrate Pesach, the holiday which commemorates our ancestors’ exodus from slavery in Egypt 3,200 years ago. We will gather at our homes and at Beth El for the Seder, and we will read the Haggadah, the book used to tell the … More

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Rosh Hashanah heralds beginning of High Holy Days

By Lu Ann Franklin
Published by the The Times of Northwest Indiana – September 14, 2015

At sundown Sunday, the most sacred 10 days in Jewish spiritual life began as Rosh Hashanah ushered in the High Holy Days with traditions that date back thousands of years.

“Rosh Hashanah has deep … 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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