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

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Prayer: It Is Like a Balm Upon a Terrible Wound

In this week's Torah portion, we read how Moses fervently prayed that he be granted the privilege of entering the Promised Land. "Oh Lord...
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Learning From Tisha B’Av on How to Mourn Today’s Varied Tragedies

Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, will be observed beginning Saturday night, July 28. The day is synonymous with great...
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Itineraries of the Past Give Structure to Life

The book of Numbers opened with a list of the heads of the tribes of Israel and with the preparations for the journey toward...
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Ancient Ritual, Modern Misgivings

Zoe Cohen and Ken Rosso are due to have their second child in September, and if it's a boy, they're already set on not...
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Slowing Down Provides the True Path to Gold

I don't usually watch a lot of TV, but this summer I find myself glued to the Tour de France bike race and the...
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Red Heifer Provides Guidance for Mitzvot

Some things in life are readily understood, while others have to be taken on faith. Through the principle of cause and effect, I know that...
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Visit to Israeli Site Opens His Eyes

 Jewish Federation has always received a lot of attention at my family dinners. No conversation between my mother, campaign vice chair Ellyn Golder Saft,...
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Mah Tovu: What Can We Do to Expand Our Tent?

In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from a distant land in the hopes of cursing and...
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There’s Something Broken About This Peace

This week's Torah reading begins by dealing with the aftermath of a horrific event at the end of last week's reading. God has brought...
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Rich and Seductive Text Adds Meaning to Pesach

As Passover concludes, we may feel quite full. We may have gathered around several tables and shared varied Passover meals. And we may have...