Judaism

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Knowing Right Versus Wrong

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Ki Teitzei Early in my career as a rabbi, I happened upon someone in my former congregation eating at an outdoor...
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Traveling Now to Find Our Heart

By Rabbi Fredi Cooper Parshat Shoftim I look above and see a different sky than I have encountered all summer. The clouds have changed their character...
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Tefillin, for the Win?

By Matt Silver It’s common for hockey players to wrap and get wrapped before games — stick blades and handles, skates and ankles and knees....
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We Are Merely the Caretakers

By Rabbi Howard Alter Parshat Re’eh Moses is quoted in this week’s Torah reading describing the Jewish nation as God’s Chosen People who are set aside...
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Unconditional Love and Covenantal Love

By Rabbi Sigal Brier Parshat Eikev In the midst of the many rules, laws and conditions which define covenantal love in Torah, we find God’s unconditional...
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Shabbat Offers Reprieve From Constant Technology Demands

Jews have kept Shabbat over history, just as Shabbat has kept the Jews, poet and philosopher Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg wrote. Those words are increasingly...
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Yetzer Hara Vs. Yetzer Hatov

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Va-etchanan The terms id and superego became well known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through the psychoanalytic...
Drew Seid proposes to Rachel Waxman on a street with fairy lights

Matchmakers Advise on How to Find ‘the One’

Drew Seid and Rachel Waxman were walking down the street last year when he got down on one knee to propose (pictured at right)....
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Each Generation Reinterprets the Torah

By Rabbi Helen Plotkin Parshat Devarim The medieval Jewish commentator known as Rashi is famous for saying much in few words. With his brief comment on...
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Make the Most of Life’s 42 Stages

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Mattot-Masei The double portion of Mattot-Masei is one of seven places in the Torah in which portions are read as...