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Posts by Leah Garber

Festival Times

Last week the Jewish world celebrated Shavuot, Chag Matan Torah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the receiving of the Torah highlights recent changes in Israel’s pluralistic climate. We see more and more ways that we can break the glass ceiling through Jewish studies, making them open and accessible to all. After a rich, decadent meal of … Continued

Twelve torches of Israel

Tonight, the Jewish people will pause for a moment of silence. Sirens will wail across the Israel like a single cry carried in the wind. A nation will bow its head, whispering a prayer for peace, with deep gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifices. 27,904 men and women, our sisters and brothers, our … Continued

Reaching the moon and beyond…

Reaching the moon and beyond…  Tomorrow night the Jewish people will gather around festive Pesach Seder tables and recite from the Haggadah: “In every generation, a person is obligated to see himself as if he had left Egypt.” Pesach, known as the celebration of our freedom, marks the redemption of the Israelites after hundreds of … Continued

From Sorrow to Joy

“The month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day.” As the Jewish world prepares for Purim’s festivities and joy, I want to recognize that 107 years ago today, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was founded. Henrietta Szold, Hadassah’s founder, was an American Jewish Zionist. … Continued

The honey and the sting – על הדבש ועל העקץ

The honey and the sting – על הדבש ועל העקץ All of us in Israel were excited to see the Shalva Band do so well on “Rising Star,” Israel’s televised talent show that recognizes outstanding performances, complete with judges, audience voting, and lots of hopes and dreams. The Shalva Band, made up of excellent musicians, … Continued

Safra and Saifa- The Book and the Sword

Safra and Saifa– The Book and the Sword  This past Shabbat two Israeli icons left this world leaving behind their legacy, devotion and spirit to guide us through times ahead. As the sun set, and candles across the country burned with Shabbat’s holiness, their brightness carried Amos Oz’s soul through its final journey. The State … Continued

Together – Marching with World Jewry

Together – Marching with World Jewry Today the Jewish world marks Hanukkah’s first day, a holiday celebrating Jewish rebellion and resilience, determination and triumph of spirit. The story of the Maccabees takes us back to the year 164 B.C.E when the Maccabean rededicated the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the revolt against … Continued

Stronger Than Hate

I consider the Jewish community of Pittsburgh home. For three amazing years my family and I lived there. I was fortunate to serve as the community shlicha—emissary, at the local Jewish Federation. Pittsburgh is where our daughters went to one of the local Jewish day schools. Pittsburgh welcomed us with open hearts, endless warmth, and … Continued

Autumn breeze

Autumn’s wandering birds carry with them foreign scents, exotic fragrances, and a slight touch of mystery. One can only wonder what secrets hide under their wings, carried away like blowing leaves by autumn winds. Exaltation is in the air. I love the High Holidays. I love the spirituality, the sense of connection, shared hopes, joint … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – August 2018

  In a few days, the Jewish world will mark the first day of the month of Elul, known as the month of mercy and forgiveness. It is the month leading us into the holiness and sanctity of the high holidays. Through the month, many will blow the Shofar each morning—a reminder to transcend the … Continued