Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

Chanukah Gift Guide 2012
By:
Rachel Vigoda, Special Sections Feature
Rosh Hashanah ushers in the New Year. Yom Kippur is time to atone. We celebrate the harvest during Sukkot and commemorate receiving the Torah at Shavuot. And Chanukah is for — presents.
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Chanukah Gift Guide 2012
By:
Lauren Kramer, Special Sections Feature
As Chanukah appears on the horizon, our thoughts inevitably turn to two things: gifts — and fatty foods. If you’ve distributed all the socks, dreidels and menorahs in years past and are all out of ideas, rest assured, there’s more out there.
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Decoding the Torah through gematria
By:
Melissa Jacobs, Inside Feature
If God wrote you a letter, would you read it? Well, God did, and you have. The letter is the Torah. For centuries, Jews have been reading the Torah again and again, poring through its stories, its heroes and villains, its messages and meanings. What about the language in which the letter is written? What about the Hebrew alphabet? The...
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Taking a second look at superstitions’ impact 
on our everyday lives
By:
Richard Pawlak, Inside Feature
Are you wary of black cats, first steps, empty ovens and opened ladders? Do you smell the Havdalah candle after it is extinguished? Do you believe that the number 13 is unlucky? You’re hardly alone. Superstitious behavior permeates almost every facet of our lives. The ancient Greeks used just two words to explain both good and bad fortunes, as well...
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The new generation of kipot craftspeople have got you covered
By:
Melissa Jacobs with Marian Robinson, Inside Feature
hat Jews put on their heads before they pray is a deeply personal choice. Which is exactly why there are so many choices of kipot for men, women, teens and adults. There are special-occasion kipot and those for everyday wear, designer kipot and those that express the interests of their owner. Jake Kriger has a private collection of yarmulkes that...
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