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Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz

Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz
Dayton

Rabbi Karen N. Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel As Purim approaches, my thoughts turn to our heroine, Queen Esther. Though introduced to us merely for her beauty, Esther is remembered for her bravery and strength of spirit. When Queen Esther learned of Haman’s wicked plan to destroy all the Jews in the

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Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz
Dayton

By Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel Every year, as I prepare for the High Holy Days, I turn to familiar texts to help me refocus on their meaning. For the past few years I have enjoyed rereading Rabbi Alan Lew’s book, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared. This

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Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz says she wants to help her congregants get to know each other better
Dayton

Thirteen years after she first arrived at Temple Israel, Karen Bodney-Halasz to become its next senior rabbi Story and Photos By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer Although she’s overseen Temple Israel’s religious school since 2003 and has served as assistant rabbi there since her ordination in 2007, Rabbi Karen

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Temple Israel Rabbi/Educator Karen Bodney-Halasz (L) with Dr. Mayra Levy, president of the Sephardic Center in Havana
Dayton

By Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel The Talmud states, kol Yisrael aravim zeh b’zeh, all Israel is responsible for one another (Shevuot 39a). To me, this teaches that Judaism is rooted in relationships; a Jew cannot live in a vacuum. We are connected one to the other — in our

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By Rabbi Karen N. Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Rabbis Phyllis and Michael Sommer have been friends of mine since we served on staff together at Goldman Union Camp Institute 15 years ago. They are down to earth, outgoing, loving, and to top it off, they

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Cast off the old to put on the new By Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel I’d like to share one of my favorite short stories with you. It is based on the custom that when one Jewish person sees another Jewish person with something new, such as a new piece

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By Rabbi Karen N. Bodney-Halasz, Temple Israel, Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Parents will do nearly anything to protect their children. To see a child suffer is often more than a mother or father can bear. We wish we could fight our children’s battles for them, especially when they

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