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Light Can Overcome the Darkest Night

One of the most-cherished ritual items in our house is a hanukkiyyah that my wife’s parents bought for us in Israel.

The Many Lives of a Sufganiyah: Celebrating Doughnut Diversity for Chanukah

Gefüllte krapfen” isn’t exactly a German phrase that whets one’s appetite. In fact, the Hebrew “sufganiyot” rolls off the tongue much more smoothly. But each...

Chanukah 5782

This coming week we will be celebrating the holiday of Chanukah, the holiday of lights.

Being a Light Unto the Nations

At the end of this week’s parsha, there is a rather disturbing episode.

TikTok Executive to Detail Judaism as Self-Help

Jewish TikTok executive Michal Oshman will appear virtually at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County on Nov. 14. to promote her self-help book, “What Would...

The Ladder: An Opportunity to Climb

In this week’s Torah reading, we are told of our forefather Jacob who, fleeing from his brother Esau, stops in Bethel to spend the night there.

Re-reading Prophecy

This week in Parshat Toldot we enter into a cycle of sibling rivalry beginning with Jacob and Esau, a motif that repeats itself through the rest of the Book of Genesis.
Two Yahrzeit candles are lit and glowing on a table.

Rituals Remain Despite COVID Death Surge

Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel in Trevose buried many more people this past year than previously. And Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks funeral home had...

To Eulogize and to Weep

From where did Avraham come?
A brown clay sculpture of a crude man sitting and beginning to stand up is photographed in front of a white background

Ditch Werewolves, Vampires: Judaism Has Own Monsters

During the sophomore season of the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” Tracy Morgan and Donald Glover perform “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” a “Monster Mash”-style tune that...