Category Archives: The Jewish Table

Paintings by Phyllis Serota

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March 1, 2012

“The Seder” Phyllis Serota: This is an early painting, which I painted after hosting my first seder. It was a wonderful night for me—a real celebration of being Jewish after a long period of separation from my roots. “Sunday Dinner” Phyllis Serota: A very early painting, this is the quintessential painting of my family. We More »

Eating as a Spiritual Ecosystem

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March 1, 2012

Joel Hecker “Moses spoke to the heads of the Israelite tribes . . . If a man makes a vow . . . he shall not break his pledge; he must fulfill all that has come out of his mouth.”1 It is well known that the whole world and its contents “were created through the More »

Joey Weisenberg

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March 1, 2012

Joey Weisenberg’s Spontaneous Jewish Choir Joey’s Nigunim now available for purchase and download For this album, the first recording for Mechon Hadar’s Minyan project, we wanted to capture the sound of spontaneous Jewish singing, pure, simple, and unaccompanied, and to create a recording that would be enjoyable to listen to while also serving as an More »

Within Our Hearts: The Holy of Holies

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March 1, 2012

Menachem Creditor “And God formed the human from dust… and breathed into its nose the soul of life, and the human became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) The simplest way of understanding this verse is according to its Aramaic translation: “And the human became a living spirit,” which is to say that when the human More »

A Divine Wink

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March 1, 2012

MIMI FEIGELSON “When we learn, we must rest every hour so that we may cleave to God, whose name is blessed. During the learning, we cannot cleave to God, whose name is blessed. Nonetheless, we need to learn; and the Torah refines the heart, and it is “the tree of life for those who cling More »

Rebbe-Talk: A Conversation with Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

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March 1, 2012

Or Rose: As a young man, you spent a decade studying and living in the Lubavitch community of Brooklyn, NY. What do you remember most vividly about your rebbe, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Schneerson, the sixth leader of this storied dynasty? Reb Zalman: To this day, I still feel that Reb Yosef Yitzchak was more my More »

NiSh’ma – The Jewish Table

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March 1, 2012

Rabbi Yohanan and Resh Lakish explain: At the time when the Temple stood, the altar used to make atonement for a person; now a person’s table makes atonement for him. (Talmud Bavli, Chagigah 27a) “A person’s table makes atonement for him…” by means of welcoming guests to one’s table, “hachnasat orchim.” —Rashi on Chagigah 27a More »

A Hero of Love

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March 1, 2012

Judith A. Kates “….Enough for you! Do not speak more to Me of this matter.” Deuteronomy 3:26 (translation by Robert Alter) At the end of his life, Moses reveals for the first time to his people (to us) a personal experience of God that brought him great pain. When he pleaded to be allowed to More »

This Is the Table

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March 1, 2012

Ronnie Serr Ezekiel’s prophesy: “[T]his is the table that is before HaShem” (Ezekiel 41:22). Our sages expound on this verse, saying that “as long as the Temple existed, the altar would atone for Israel. Now, [after the Temple has been destroyed], a person’s table atones for him.” (Berakhot 55a) Here’s what we learn: Even without More »