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Judaism

From time-honored traditions to modern synagogue life, your hub for Jewish learning, holidays and text.

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The Hierarchy of Needs and Priestly Benedictions

"May God bless you and protect you. May the light of God's face shine toward you and show you favor. May God look upon...
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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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Counting the Omer: Spiritual Prep for Torah

Shabbat morning we begin reading from Bemidbar, the book of Numbers. This year, on Saturday night, we celebrate the giving of the Torah on...
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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...
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Torah a Bellwether for Economic Equality

This week's Torah reading has a special Philadelphia connection. It contains the words inscribed on the Liberty Bell: "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land...
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Making Distinctions Between Clean, Unclean

Having just come off of some intensive Passover/Spring cleaning, it's amazing to me that my house is a mess again. We have a problem...

Can We Understand Messages From God?

 Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10 In Jewish tradition, we spend a lot of time trying to figure out God's will. We study the words of the Torah...