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Rabbi Alter reflects on 16 years in Denver

Rabbi Alter reflects on 16 years in Denver

When Rabbi Daniel Alter leaves DAT at the end of June to head the Moriah Day School in Englewood, NJ, he’ll probably keep his emotions to himself — or at least make an attempt.

Alter, who arrived in Denver in 1999 as the first rabbi in the history of EDOS, has tackled a plethora of “firsts” during his 16 years here.

He became the spiritual leader of the DAT Minyan, which originated as a satellite of EDOS and later morphed into a separate entity, once his contract expired with EDOS in 2006.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:03 )

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The Shema: What it means to me

The Shema: What it means to meSix Hebrew words. That’s all it takes to define the essence of Judaism: the unity of G-d and the unity of the Jewish people. “Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is one.” (Deut. 6:4) The Shema — the Jewish daily declaration of faith. It is probably the most well known and pivotal Jewish prayer because it communicates to us, and to the world, Judaism’s core tenet, revolutionary when first introduced: monotheism, a concept brought to the world by the Jewish forefather Abraham....

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2015 08:38 )

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Modern sports promotes bullying

Modern sports promotes bullyingBullying as a social ill to be resisted largely came to the forefront of American consciousness after the Columbine massacre of 1999, when it was alleged and widely believed that its perpetrators may have been motivated by bullying they experienced at the Littleton high school. That might explain why a former Denverite, Randy Nathan — who grew up in Denver’s Jewish community — authored this clear and thought-provoking study of the umbilical link between bullying and modern sports. Nathan...

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 May 2014 03:22 )

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‘To you, G-d, silence is praise’

‘To you, G-d, silence is praise’ I had never heard of the biblical verse, “To You, G-d, silence is praise” prior to this assignment, but it immediately appealed to me. I felt like I stumbled upon a poetic line that simultaneously puzzles and clarifies. I was hooked. When I began asking people to reflect on this counterintuitive statement, they expressed excitement, even gratitude, for being included. It’s hard to turn down a chance to investigate a haunting conundrum. Although I am a novice at analyzing Biblical ideas, ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 May 2014 03:27 )

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Finding your place in the Torah

Finding your place in the TorahLOS ANGELES — On Shavuot, we celebrate the revelation of the Torah by reading from it. But first we need to find the place. How do we find our place in the Torah? Newbies to the ways of a Torah scroll will soon realize that unlike the mass-produced technological marvels that bring order and wonder into their lives, this handmade inspiration comes without an operating manual. I discovered this the first time I tried to find my place amid the perfect columns of scribed, unvoweled Hebrew. It ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 May 2013 11:40 )

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