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Light Can Overcome the Darkest Night

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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

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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

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

Being a Light Unto the Nations

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

TikTok Executive to Detail Judaism as Self-Help

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...