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Celebrating Tu B’Shevat with Israel’s Seven Species

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By Jennifer Starrett | Contributing Writer Celebrating Tu B’Shevat — the new year for trees — with dishes made up of the seven species of...

D’var Torah: The True Value of Education

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By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Bo This week’s Torah portion, Bo, marks the beginning of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in Egypt. It begins with...

Magic and Advice a Potential Danger

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By Rabbi Joshua Waxman Parshat Va’era It’s all the magicians’ fault. In this week’s Torah portion, Va’era, Moses approaches God with a demand and a warning: Pharaoh...

D’var Torah: Turning in Order to See

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By Rabbi Shelly Barnathan Parshat Shemot Parshat Shemot contains a story that we know quite well — the famous story of Moses and the Burning Bush....

Philanthropy’s Role in Torah Study

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By Rabbi Robert Layman PARSHAT VAYECHI For three months, we have read from the Book of Genesis, beginning with the account of creation, proceeding through...
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Same Words, Different Meaning

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By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Vayigash There is a wonderful teaching about a student who approached a rabbi and asked, “Rabbi, why is it that we...

Tenuous Memories Can Be a Threat

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By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Miketz Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh (Menashe from the Hebrew root: to forget) meaning God has made me forget completely my...

LGBTQ Orgs Partner for Chanukah Celebration

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Two LGBTQ Jewish organizations partnered this Chanukah to create an event focusing on light, leadership and love in their communities after a year full...

Israelis Want to Bring Back North African Jewry’s Feminist Chanukah Tradition

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By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — As a child growing up in Tunisia, Peggy Cidor and her sister would count the days to Hanukkah. But the traditional...
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The Most Important Chanukah Candle

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By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Vayeshev A 7-year-old member of my synagogue once asked me, “Rabbi, which is the most important candle on the chanukiyah...