Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
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Rabbi Yonah Gross
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 disasters in Jewish history, especially when both the first and second Temples were destroyed. After the time of the Mishnah, many other calamities coincided with this day, including the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492, the...
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Elie Kaunfer
Revelation is often considered the most intimate moment between God and the Jewish people. It is compared to a wedding, the culmination of a love affair, albeit a complicated one. But what if revelation were not a model for exclusive attachment but a narrative of universal relevance? How might that change our understanding of law-giving on Mount Sinai? Two midrashim...
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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 24-year-old Souza is partial to the holiday, which begins Saturday night: She is a Jew by choice. Shavuot is the festival most closely associated with converts to the faith because the Book of Ruth is...
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Donniel Hartman
Israelis celebrate Shavuot more than any other Jewish community in the world. On erev Shavuot, religious, secular and traditional Jews from all over the country will join in the tens of thousands to study in various and incredibly diverse programs of Tikkun Leil Shavuot. What was once the inheritance of primarily the Orthodox has now become the inheritance of many...
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Dasee Berkowitz Jewish Telegraphic Agency
New York Observing my kids playing, I notice how the same toy, no matter how many times they play with it, can reveal the most remarkable things. My daughter, with the vocabulary befitting a 1 1/2-year-old, will bring her ball over to me and point to a mark on it with a delighted grunt. "How remarkable!" I will say with...
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