After Parkland: Abraham And Child Sacrifice In The 21st Century

by John A. Cirello | Feb 27, 2018 1:11 pm | Comments (4)

This past Sunday at church we heard the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to show his devotion and belief in God.

As Bible stories go, this is one that really stretches the bounds of our imagination. To understand the story of Abraham and Isaac, you must believe several things: First, that God spoke to Abraham; second, that Abraham understood it was God who was speaking to him, and; third, that Abraham was such a devout believer in God that he would not question an order to kill his son.

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Trump Inspires Love March

by Allan Appel | Jan 16, 2018 8:35 am | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoPresident Donald Trump’s policies and especially his recent “shithole” statements about Africa and Haiti inspired the 150 people who prayed and hit the streets for New Haven’s 48th annual Martin Luther King Day “Love March.”

No, they didn’t agree with Trump’s statements. They statements gave them renewed energy to carry on King’s fight for racial and social justice.

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Year After Fire, Jews Reclaim JCC For Hanukkah

by Allan Appel | Dec 20, 2017 8:52 am

Allan Appel PhotoOn the seventh night of the Festival of Lights, while kids from Krypton as well as Planet Earth did the Hanukkah limbo, 30 Schwinn indoor cycles were being checked out for dramatically expanded indoor cycling and spin class activities.

Also on the horizon: New facilities for roller hockey and pickle ball, a makers’ space, three more ADA-compliant shower facilities, a high end cafe with a kosher marketplace, and a climbing wall for all ages. Plus a quiet room for rest, spirituality, and mindfulness.

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Grandma, 83: “Today I Am A Woman”

by Allan Appel | Dec 18, 2017 1:24 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel PhotoSeveral of the women who stood before the Torah Sunday at the Tower One/Tower East elderly complex had always dreamed of having a bat mitzvah ceremony, but the Orthodox Jewish world in which they grew up simply did not permit this rite of passage for girls.

One participant wanted to declare her love not only for Judaism but also for feminism. A third had indeed been become a bat mitzvah before; she wanted to do it again just so so her children could see it this time.

And the one man in the group? He was a recent convert to Judaism.

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