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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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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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Thanksgiving

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Thanksgiving is the holiday that people of different faiths, ethnic and cultural origins can share and appreciate, because we all have collective and personal reasons to give thanks.

The Hebrew Bible reminds us to be grateful (Deuteronomy 8:12-14, 17-18): “When you have eaten your fill and … More

Posted in Bulletin Articles

Rosh Hashanah

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.

Called the Day of … 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.

Rabbi … More

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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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Purim: Life is Unpredictable

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Sometimes things work out completely different than what we might have expected or feared. We worry about certain things that might occur in the future, but they never happen. We hope for good things and our expectations are not met. Life’s unpredictability is one of the … More

Posted in Articles, Thought for Shabbat

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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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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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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