Judaism

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Life in Interesting, Challenging Times

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Gathering in anger against our leaders is a tale as old as time.
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Korach, Racism and Pruning the Tree of Life

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At the beginning of each “Introduction to Judaism” class I’ve taught at college, before I even introduce myself to the students, I ask them to yell out things they know about Judaism.
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Real, But Not True

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My county will soon stop sending out the daily messages about the county’s COVID rates that many of us have gotten daily since March 2020. It has felt like a solid piece of information that I could count on.
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The Levites Go Back to School

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At what age do Levites begin serving in the tabernacle?
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Present Mirrors the Past

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As many of us find ourselves emerging from the forced social isolation caused from the pandemic, I was surprised to find some interesting connections to this moment in this week’s Torah portion with the laws of the nazarite.
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Can We Count on You?

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Have you ever been at a small weekday service, whether to remember a Kaddish or attend a shiva, and you hear someone ask, “Do we have a minyan?”

What Will It Take to Get Back in the Synagogue?

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As more and more people become vaccinated against COVID-19, communities are grappling with what the next phase of reopenings will look like.  While some synagogues...
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What Do You Do When You Don’t Care?

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People are often shocked by their own indifference to right and wrong.

Lag B’Omer Celebrations Go On Despite Challenges

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For the second year in a row, those who celebrated Lag B’Omer dealt with obstacles both commonplace — iffy weather — and extraordinary (you...
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L’Chaim: A Reminder to Live, Celebrate

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Psalm 90 concludes by saying: “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”