branden frederick

judaism

Who are we?

Passover and Jewish Identity

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1 Apr 2022
We are created in the image of the Divine, understanding the difference between right and wrong.

Between Thanksgiving and Chanukkah

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18 Dec 2021
How do we keep the good parts of Thanksgiving while excising the bad? Maybe we have an example of how to do exactly that in Chanukkah.

What’s a Jew to do with Columbus Day?

683
1 Oct 2021
This month, on October 11th, America observes our country’s most contentious home-grown holiday.

Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering the Holocaust

649
6 Apr 2021
The week of April 10, 2021, we read the portion of the Torah called “Sh’mini.”

the season of the hamentaschen is nigh!

639
15 Feb 2021
But what delicious filling should we find inside our cookie’s trifolded dough?

a new year for mind and body

a new year for mind and body

378
1 Oct 2020
We are in the season of the most sublime transition in the Jewish festival cycle.

Judaism and sheltering in place

Judaism and sheltering in place

using the tools of Judaism to perservere

397
1 Jun 2020
How can Judaism help us persevere through a quarantine?

connecting to our families during the quarantine

connecting to our families during the quarantine

306
10 May 2020
When family is no longer around, mementos can help us remember.

the future of reform judaism

the future of reform judaism

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1 Mar 2020
What will a Reform Jewish Friday night Shabbat service look like 30 years from now?

the chanukah spirit

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4 Dec 2019
I sometimes write articles for my (Reform Jewish) congregation's monthly newsletter. Here's one I wrote to be published this month, all about digging into the roots of Chanukah.