14 01, 2013

Bizarre Wedding Practices

By |2013-01-14T07:38:21-07:00January 14th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                       By Israel Drazin   Dina and I were married 52 years ago by a Hasidic rabbi in Germany. His wife and children were murdered by the Nazis. He remarried a woman whose family was also murdered. At the synagogue services on the Shabbat before our wedding ceremony, when I was called to the [...]

25 12, 2011

The role of customs and traditions in Judaism

By |2011-12-25T13:54:16-07:00December 25th, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   Rabbis who offer legal decisions frequently say that customs that have been practiced for some time have the same power as laws, but actually some do and some don’t. Traditions are a twin sister to customs. Generally customs refer to behaviors and traditions to ideas, but people use the terms interchangeably. [...]