What Happened to the Menorah?

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Hanukkah is the festival which celebrates the regaining of Jewish religious and political independence in the land of Israel. Our ancestors liberated Jerusalem from Greek occupation in 164 B.C.E. When they entered the temple they found enough olive oil to fuel the menorah – the seven-branched … More

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Hanukkah celebrations go virtual in pandemic era

By Deborah Laverty

Published by The Times of Northwest Indiana – December 10, 2020

The pandemic has changed — but in no way diminished — the significance of Hanukkah as area Jews celebrate the festival of lights.

The lighting of the hanukkiah, or menorah, which has nine candles, by Jewish … More

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The Maccabeats – Pan Fry

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Who will Live?

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

It is amazing, everything that can happen in just one year — the good and the bad. On the upcoming High Holy Days, when we will look back on the year that ended and look forward to year ahead, we will be particularly aware of the … More

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This is the Torah that Moses Set Before the People Israel

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

The Torah is the foundational text of Judaism. The Torah scroll is our most revered physical possession. When it is lifted after it has been read during the religious service, the congregation chants “vezot haTorah asher sam Mosheh lifnei benei Israel al pi Adonai, beyad More

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What is Torah

By Rabbi Mordechai Levin

The evening of June 1, 2019 will mark the beginning of Shavuot, the festival that celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai 32 centuries ago. The holiday is called Z’man Matan Toratenu, the season of the giving of the Torah.… More

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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

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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