Rivkah Lambert Adler

Rivkah Lambert Adler, Ph.D. is a Jewish journalist, blogger, book reviewer and adult educator. Check out her Linkedin profile.

Bruchim HaBa’im l’Yerushalayim

We live in Ma’ale Adumim, which is a suburb of Jerusalem to the east. Every time I drive into Jerusalem, to meet a client, to go out to dinner, to shop, I pass a sign that says Bruchim HaBa’im l’Yerushalayim – Welcome to Jerusalem. Each time I see it, I think of the millennia when Jews could only dream of such a thing. I am reminded of how privileged I am to be here. A bit further down the road, just after the tunnel named for Nomi Shemer, the famous songwriter who wrote Yerushlayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold), we can see Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount) to our left. As we pass that spot, my husband and I are conscientious about reciting the Yehi Ratzon prayer regarding the rebuilding of the Temple.

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A Jerusalem mix and match

Tonight I went to a women’s only open mic night in a little club tucked into Jerusalem’s First Station. The evening was sponsored by Spotlight on Women. Among the acts was an ordinary-looking religious woman who quoted Rebbe Nachman before blowing my face off with a rendition of an Alicia Keys song. There were songs about geula (redemption) played by mother and daughter violinists and another geula song sung in reggae style. And there was a version of the famous prayer Ein Kelokaynu with Ella Fitzgerald-worthy scatting. The evening ended with a solo of V’he She’Amda that sounded like what I sound like when I sing in my dreams.

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