Judaism

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daf yomi class

Locals Begin New Seven-Year Daf Yomi Cycle

Everywhere Dovid Flam looked in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, he saw Jews celebrating Torah learning. More than 90,000 people came to the stadium Jan. 1...
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Care for All Fellow Jews Like Family

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Vayechi The Torah portion that closes the first book of the Torah signals the end of an era, and it has...
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Standing up and Saying Who We Are

By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Vayigash The power of the Hebrew language never ceases to amaze me. Part of its immense beauty comes from its roots....
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Chanukah Lights Push Away Darkness

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Miketz “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon; and he shaved himself, and...
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These 20-Sided Dice Put a Spin on the Chanukah Game

  Ritualwell.org Managing Editor Hila Ratzabi never saw anything like it before: One day while browsing Facebook, she came across a post by a man...
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Chanukah 2019: 14 Ways to Celebrate in the Philadelphia Area

As the weather gets colder and 2019 nears to a close, the Jewish community is ending the year in style with some holiday delights....
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23andme Meets #MeToo

By Rabbi Gila Ruskin Parshat Vayeshev Living in the 23andme era, when a little bit of saliva can reveal the secrets of our DNA connections to...
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Wrestling and Prevailing

By Rabbi Kelilah Miller Parshat Vayishlach In the parshah this week, we read one of the most enigmatic (and most often-referenced) passages in the Book of...
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Jewish Karma?

By Rabbi Nathan Martin Parshat Vayeitzei In this week’s parshah, we encounter the famous episode where Jacob, on the run from having deceived his brother out...
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Getting Serious About Chanukah

Let’s be real: Chanukah is far from the most theologically significant Jewish holiday on the calendar. Reasonable minds can differ over whether it counts, strictly...