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Herb Tapper, interior designer of the Mai Shalva Center City Community Mikvah, holds a rolled up design

Designer: Center City Mikvah Will Have the ‘Feeling of an Ocean Breeze’

Welcoming, embracing and refined are just some of the characteristics designer Herb Tapper is trying to evoke as he creates the interior of Mai...
A soothsayer's hands hover over a crystal ball

‘Talking Donkey’ a Metaphor for Soothsayers, Sorcery

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Balak “There is no sorcery for Jacob, there is no magic for Israel.” (Numbers 23:23) What is the true message of an...
Fiddler on the Roof

Tradition! And Change

By Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz Parshat Chukat In Tevye the Dairyman, the Sholom Aleichem serial that inspired the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, the poor...
a sign pointing in different directions reading this way, that way, the other way

Which Side Are You On?

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Korach As I engaged with Parshat Korach this time around, I found myself asking an interesting question: If I were there,...
a couple holds hands on a couch next to a box of tissues

Reflections From 12 Years After a Spouse’s Death

By Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz Parshat Shelach Lecha The Torah is a prism through which we see our lives and, like a prism, it has many facets. Twelve...
Simcha Raphael, the author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife

What Happens After We Die? Author Simcha Raphael Answers Questions on the Afterlife

Judaism is notably ambiguous about the afterlife. Jewish law instructs Jews on specific practices, such as funeral and burial rites, and shiva, but concepts like...
A lone man sits before a sunset, trying to ease the negativity in his thinking

Getting out of a Rut of Negativity

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Beha’alotcha This week’s Torah portion, Beha’alotcha, begins by describing a general murmuring of complaints and negativity against God, which resulted in...
A pile of $100 bills

Acquiring Wealth Shouldn’t Dominate One’s Life Goals

By Rabbi Robert Layman Parashat Naso This week’s Torah reading, Naso in the Book of Numbers, is the longest in the annual cycle of parshiot. It begins...

Count Up to Focus on Present

By Rabbi Abe Friedman Parashat Bamidbar As Shabbat draws to a close this week, we will also reach the end of counting the omer — 49...
footprints on the beach

Walking, Standing and Dancing With God

By Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz Parshat Behukotai Whenever I’m asked to explain the difference between the denominations of Judaism, I respond that each group is defined...