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

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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...
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Going Out on a Limb

Yoni Stadlin does more than just talk about honoring trees on Tu B'Shevat -- he devotes vacations to "speak" for them. A month ago,...

Storytelling Can Lend Extra Magic to the Exodus Saga

During the Passover season, we all become storytellers par excellence. New York During the Passover season, we all become storytellers par excellence. The Exodus from Egypt is...
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Haggadah Seeks to Elevate Discussion, Heighten Drama

It was after a family Passover seder nine years ago when the potential magnitude of the event struck author Jonathan Safran Foer.  It was...
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A Modern Passover Exodus in African Mali

I have always thought of Passover as a unique and special holiday because we are commanded not just to read the story of our...
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Capacity Crowd for JEVS Women’s Seder

Sister Mary Scullion told a capacity crowd of 139 participants at the 7th annual Women's Seder sponsored by JEVS Human Services that the Passover...

Feeling the Existential Importance Inherent in the Seder

The Exodus narrative -- so central to our Passover seder -- also informs our social consciousness as a people. The Bible teaches in very strong...

Making Hebrew School Accessible

Jackie Bobrin doubted her 8-year-old son Ethan would be able to attend religious school. "Regular" life was difficult enough with the behaviors his doctors...
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Spinning to Set a Record Fills Room With Ruach

Chanukah may be over, but the dreidel counting continues. An official at the Guinness Book of World Records said it will take weeks to verfy...
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Rabbi to Teach Students, and ‘Touch Their Hearts’

According to Rabbi Vivian Mayer, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's vision of successful rabbinic training includes not only imparting knowledge to its students, but also...