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Learning to Speak the Captor’s Language

 Revelation is often considered the most intimate moment between God and the Jewish people. It is compared to a wedding, the culmination of a...

‘Reveal Yourself to Me; Show Me Your Glory!’

The subject was parshah Kedoshim, the Levitical holiness code, and I was attending my local egalitarian minyan, listening to a lay leader speak about...
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Just Five Easy Steps for Studying, Learning

New YorkObserving my kids playing, I notice how the same toy, no matter how many times they play with it, can reveal the most...

On Shavuot, Reverse the Paucity of Ideas

Israelis celebrate Shavuot more than any other Jewish community in the world. On erev Shavuot, religious, secular and traditional Jews from all over the...
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Jews by Choice and Shavuot

  Shavuot, or "the festival of weeks," is Erin Souza's favorite holiday, epitomizing for her Judaism's focus on study and intellectual examination.There's another reason the...

Tu B’Shevat Means We’re All Barking Up the Right Tree

There's something about trees. Shel Silverstein's children's book classic The Giving Tree proves the point. Trees are sustenance. They provide comfort and love, even...

Tu B’Shevat Seders

As a child, Eric Goldberg remembers planting trees in plastic cups and attending mini-seders as part of religious school lessons on Tu B'Shevat. Now a...

Keeping Holocaust Memory Alive, and Keeping It Sacred

For more than 2,500 years, these fast days have remained on the Jewish religious calendar, and the Book of Lamentations continues to be read...
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Why the Big Megillah?

It may be considered a minor holiday, but with its history of heroes and villains and bravery and self-dignity, Purim presents a very teachable...
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Photos Rooted in an Artistic Tradition

Over the past decade, Israeli artist Tal Shochat has scoured her homeland for the perfect cypress, plum, palm and other particular trees.Even after settling...