Separation of Church and State In Israel – Has its time come?

There are many arguments we can make for a movement toward separation of church and state in Israel. Living in a country that goes to great length to ensure the separation of the two can certainly lead to a bias, but that does not mean we should ignore the question. Some of the reasons for separating religion and government have to do with one group’s religious imposition on others. Interestingly, in Israel, the only group that suffers from the lack of separation of religion and government are Jews. Israel does not impose any religious laws on its Christian or Muslim citizens, just its Jews. Therein is the rub, at least for liberal western Jews because the current standard of Judaism with

Holocaust Commemoration in Southern Nevada

Each April, Jewish communities around the country commemorate the Shoah with educational programming reminding all how the targeting of Jews and other specific groups for persecution led to extermination and murder of almost 12 million people in eastern Europe between 1939 and 1945. Many programs honor local Holocaust survivors, as the words "Never Again" echo in our hearts. In Las Vegas several programs invite the community to learn more and offer selections of reading and viewing material that will be referenced in their programs. On Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom Pulizer Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter Eric Lichtblau is the guest speaker. He authored "The Nazis Next

Passover and Its Many Esoteric Rituals

We are all familiar with most of the things associated with the Passover holiday. There is matzah, and maror. There is charoset and the shankbone. Let’s not forget the Haggadah and the four questions. Do not miss out the four cups of wine and Elijah’s cup too. But there are many customs and rituals related to the Passover holiday that are a bit more obscure and underutilized. One example is the Siyyum Bechorot, the fast of the first born. We have a tradition that on the day before the seder, first born male children (you have to be both first born and male, if you have an older sister you are not a first born male) are required to fast as a way of commemorating the trepidation and fea

Cooking and cleaning and so many dishes….

Passover is almost here and for those who turn over their homes and change over all their pots, pans and dishes, the holiday can be overwhelming. On top of all that you have the added headache of trying to figure out what made the Kosher-For-Passover list this year and what did not. Luckily quinoa is still on the permitted list. There are many resources out there to aid us in planning for the holiday. One of the best resources is the annual Pesach guide put out by the Rabbinical Assembly which you can find here. The other daunting aspect of the holiday is having to lead a seder. Some of us are rookies and are doing it for the first time and are looking for resources to help us. Others o

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply now for a one-time $720 college scholarship!

The Layni & Scott Rothbort Judaic College Scholarship Apply now for a one-time $720 scholarship! In order to qualify the student(s) must be: • taking a course in a Jewish related subject, Hebrew or Yiddish (but not a self-directed independent study) • at an accredited college or university • include an essay of at least two pages on a subject to be determined by Rabbi Tecktiel • must receive a grade of C or better (proof of transcript to be submitted) The deadline to apply is April 12, 2018. One scholarship is available this year, up to $720. The scholarship can be earned in the Fall or Spring Semester and payment will be made in June. The winner will be determined from a committee comprised

Mazel Tov Alayna and Matt!

Alayna Baron and Matt Baram were recently married at Midbar Kodesh Temple by Rabbi Jason Fruithandler, from Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. MKT's Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel shared a few words before welcoming Rabbi Fruithandler, a personal friend of Alayna and Matt, to the chuppah. Alayna, daughter of Bonni and Dr. Howard Baron, granddaughter to Gene and Rhoda Engelson and the late Eileen and Max Baron, was raised in Henderson, and is a graduate of University of Arizona-Tucson, where she received her teaching degree. She teaches at the Pressman Academy at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. Matt who was raised in Connecticut and studied at Boston University and American Jewish University, is son of Pau

Mazel Tov Talia!

Talia Anne Diamond, daughter of Midbar Kodesh Temple members Sharon and Kevin Diamond, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah in March. Talia is granddaughter to Sid and Arlene Diamond and Jack Tick as well as Jean Tick, of blessed memory. She is the younger sister of Nathaniel Diamond. Aunts, uncles and cousins will travel from New York, Florida, Arizona and California to join Las Vegas family and friends in celebration. Talia has grown up at Midbar Kodesh Temple where her family has been a member for almost 2 decades. She is a member of Midbar Kodesh USY and spends summers at Camp Alonim in Brandeis, California. Talia is a 7th grader and math is her favorite subject. She is a member

April's Book Club at Midbar Kodesh: Modern Girls

Ileen Spoor sets Sunday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. for the next Midbar Kodesh Temple Book Club. The selection is by Jennifer Brown who sets her debut novel in a time that women strive for the right to work, to vote and to lead independent lives. Brown boldly paints the 1935 historical context of two Lower East Side women’s domestic tribulations, alternating between their stories, and reflects upon the social consequences faced by women in different generations, as mother and daughter find themselves facing unwanted pregnancies. Daughter Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl. A bookkeeper in Midtown Manhattan, Dottie steals kisses from her steady beau, meets her girlfriends for drin

CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates

This week’s 52 Weeks of Mitzvot topic takes us seemingly out of the realm of Jewish tradition, thought and practice, but in reality could not be more Jewish. Numerous times in the Torah we are admonished to take care of the widow, the orphan, the stranger in our land. We are commanded to take special care of the most vulnerable in our society. One of the most vulnerable populations in our society is those children from birth to age 18 years who for whatever reason need to be removed from their homes because of neglect or abuse. These children need someone advocating from them and helping them through the system to get them safe shelter, food, clothing, education and most of all stability.

Welcome our newest member: Bob Hurwitz!

Hi Midbar Kodesh. I'm Bob Hurwitz and even though I am only a part time resident of Las Vegas, I find Midbar Kodesh to be a welcome place for Shabat services when I am in town. I am privileged to join this fine temple with both traditional and innovative programs. I am a medical consultant and travel between five states.

52 Weeks of Mitzvot: The Hevre Kaddisha/Burial Society

Gen 47:29-30 And the time drew near that Israel must die; and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him: 'If now I have found favor in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt. 30 But when I sleep with my fathers, thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying-place.' And he said: 'I will do as thou hast said.' Chesed Shel Emet, the truest act of kindness. Our tradition teaches that one of the greatest acts of loving kindness we can do for someone is to escort them to their final resting place. For us, that means being involved from the moment of death until internment in the earth. There

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