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Looking for Agreement Between Public Persona and Private Behavior

By Rabbi David Ackerman and Rosie Ackerman Parshat Bamidbar This Shabbat, my daughter Rosie will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. For many...

Social Imperatives Flow From Ideas of Justice Found in Double Portion

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Behar-Bechukotai This week’s parshah is a big double-dipper, Behar-Bechukotai — it means, “On the mountaintop” and “My directives” — and...

Shavuot: A Holiday in Search of a Home

By Rabbi Robert Layman  Parshat Emor Every holiday in the Jewish calendar has a fixed date determined by the Torah or by events not recorded in...

What Does It Mean to be Holy — and How Do We Fight Our...

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim “Did you hear about so-and-so getting divorced?” “Those pants are too short; children should not wear that type of clothing.” “The...

Aspiring to High Standards Requires Kindness, Respect and Finding Some Common Ground

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Tazria-Metzora Our world seems to be in a particularly harsh place. On all fronts we seem to be ailing. People seem unable...

It Takes a Community to Create Holiness — to Elevate Life and Go Beyond...

By Rabbi Beth Janus Parashat Shmini Imagine preparing for a brand new job. You have dreamed of having this job. You have studied for it. You...

Matzo Toppings Enliven Passover Snacking

During Passover, many of us eat matzo at all three meals. No snack is complete without matzo. We usually spread butter or cream cheese...

Silence Is More Than Golden

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The last days of the festival of Passover are dedicated to the splitting of the Reed Sea, one of the most...

Passover Seders the New Norm at PA Governor’s Residence

HARRISBURG — The freshly painted state dining room in the governor’s mansion was full of lively conversation and political discussion, plenty of wine (four...

Don’t Pass Over These Stories: Pesach Tales from the Exponent Staff

By JE Staff When it comes to picking a favorite holiday, Passover probably isn’t the highest on the list. Or at least it’s probably not...