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Judaism

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

Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?

  VAYELECH, Deuteronomy. 31:1-30   Navigation, whether by foot, in a car, aboard a boat, or while flying in a plane, involves at its heart three very...
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At Shul, Prayer’s Not Three Times a Day, It’s Morning to Night

    JERUSALEM On the ground floor of a building on a leafy residential street in southern Jerusalem, two men squeeze past each other in a crowded foyer.   One is...
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Confessing Our Sins, Then Remembering to Act Nobly

  Few prayers are as well known to Jews as Ashamnu (“We have sinned”) and Al Chet (“For the sin”), the twin confessions of Yom...
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Crunch Time for Rabbinate, as New Year Nears

Your rabbi needs your help." Congregants of Adath Israel in Merion Station received this message in an email -- with a link to a YouTube...
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Turn On, Tune In and Stay Put

It's Yom Kippur 2007 on the hit HBO show Entourage. The always connected Hollywood agent Ari Gold is naked without his cell phone. His...
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Sides With Sparkle

There is more to Rosh Ha­shanah side dishes than just sweet kugels and ­tzimmes. Here are a few different ideas for you to try. Broccoli...
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Casting Away Your Sins: It’s Not Just Fish Food

Los Angeles Can ridding oneself of a year's sins really be as simple as tossing a piece of bread into the water? Basically that's Tashlich, or...
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Why Not Hold the Honey?

On Rosh Hashanah, most Jews indulge in sweet foods to express their desire for a sweet year. Problems arise, however, when a guest or...
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Mindful Mix of Prayer and Play for Modern Family

A family enters the synagogue room, a little boy holding his parents' hands and an older sister looking around with anticipation. At the front,...
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The Heavenly Aroma of Challah

Challah is the braided egg-rich loaf of bread that we traditionally eat on the Sabbath and holidays — two loaves of challah at each...