Issues 02:08 Rites of Passage

Bas Mitzvah

At last! The Sabbath eve of my long anticipated Bas Mitzvah! More than the culmination of months of study, it was a step toward maturity. As I waited on the bimah during the Friday evening service, I savored the exciting thought that in just a few short moments I would officially enter into Jewish adulthood […]

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Son of Commandment

I remember being nervous. My mouth felt dry, and the palms of my hands were sticky with sweat. I had just completed a whole year of intensive training to prepare me for just these next few hours. Would I remember my speech, the only part I was to present in English? Would I stumble over […]

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Portrait of a Messianic Jewish Wedding

Baruch habah! May he who cometh be blessed! Mi adir al hakol, mi baruch al hakol, y’vorech chatan v’kalah. He who is supremely mighty; He who is supremely praised; He who is supremely great; May he bless this bridegroom and bride… Beneath the embroidered velvet chupah we listened to the words of this ancient benediction, […]

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A Covenant with God
Author: Ceil Rosen

You’re going to stick that baby with a needle?” My voice must have betrayed my initial shock and dismay. This was my week-old grandson we were discussing! I listened to the softspoken young man as he competently and calmly described the brief ceremony he was about to conduct. He assured me the needle would be […]

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: The Butcher

In the shtetl of Vaysechvoos, no one had a meaner disposition, a shorter temper or a sharper tongue than Zelde, the butcher’s wife. And when she was angry, how she could curse! The mere mention of her name brought terror to the village. Outdoors, people glanced about uneasily and hurried home. Indoors, they would bolt […]

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