Patricia Raskin
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We all graduate in life. Whenever we learn a life lesson, we graduate to the next level. It may sometimes seem like we fall back when we learn a lesson, but the lesson is a graduation that moves us … more
In the U.S., we will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 14 this year.  But did you know that we Jews have our own Mother’s Day? It is the 11th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan (in … more
It has been six years since my father passed away, at the age of 95. He was a powerful force who embraced Judaism and firmly believed in sticking with your beliefs even when the going gets … more
As I did my research, I was happy to learn that this month, Adar, at the beginning of spring, is known as a month of celebration and happiness. Purim falls in Adar. The Talmud says “when the month of Adar arrives, we increase … more
In the eight years since I last wrote a column for the Jewish Voice on my thoughts about being Jewish, my faith has grown ever-stronger. In 2008, I moved to Rhode Island, returning to New … more
Lashon hara, which means “evil tongue” in Hebrew, is a multifaceted concept. Speech is considered to be lashon hara if it is true but says something derogatory about a person or party, divulges something not previously known to the … more
In the article “ABC’s of Rosh Hashanah,” found on Aish.com, Rabbi Shraga Simmons writes, “A key component of Rosh Hashanah preparation is to ask forgiveness from anyone we may … more
I recently met with Jenna Pepperman, my former college intern and a communications major from the University of Rhode Island. As I was telling her about the theme for this column, she … more
It’s the time of year when we transition from summer to fall, from this year to the new year and from our children’s summer activities to the school year. I found an interesting quote … more
The arts have been a significant part of Jewish history since the very beginning, telling our story in the best and worst of circumstances. It has been a way for Jews to maintain a sense of cohesion over time, and a reminder of the tragedies and … more
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