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The Unbearable Lightness of Tazria-Metzora

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I have Tazria! Great! I am the rabbi that gets to write about the diseases of the Bible.
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Penn Commencement on Shavuot Sparks Petition

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Nearly 1,600 people signed a petition urging the University of Pennsylvania to change the date of commencement for the class of 2021. Set for May...
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What It’s Like to Celebrate Passover in Prison

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By Christopher Blackwell Over the past few years, I have been honored and blessed to experience — with good friends — some Jewish traditions and...
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Look Both Ways Before You Cross

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“Look both ways before you cross!” That’s guidance we’ve all heard, likely drilled into us as children.

From Building an Ark to Vaccine Awareness: B’nai Mitzvah Plans Get Creative

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Alexa Shurman realized in March 2020 that her bat mitzvah was not going to be the way she imagined. The Main Line Reform Temple congregant...

Find Meaning in Passover’s Final Days

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The Pesach seder remains the most observed Jewish festival home gathering to this day.

Deep in the Trash: A Jewish Pride

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By Rabbi Jonah Rank Parshat Tzav I don’t know if the Queen of England disposes of her own waste. Nor can I envision her emptying the...
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Passover, Pandemic Create Eating Disorder Challenges

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As the Jewish community approaches another pandemic- era Passover, staff at the Renfrew Center, a national network of eating disorder treatment facilities, are working...
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Tales of Leaving Egypt Resonate at Passover

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“In every generation,” we read during the seder, “a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt, as it...

Getting Back Up Again

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By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Vayikra The Book of Leviticus is my favorite book in the Torah. Its first parshah, also called Vayikra, deals with the...