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From Yemenite Soup to Brazilian Cheese Puffs, Passover Recipes Show Diversity of American Jewish...

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Every year at Passover, families rejoice in reenacting both religious and cultural tradition — reading from the worn family Haggadah, using the seder plate...
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Assembly Required!

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People don’t come fully assembled; they are built and broken, polished and sanded, hardened by experience, and softened by time.
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Full Meaning of a Half-Shekel

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Ki Tisa begins with God instructing Moses that when he is taking a census of the Israelite people, everyone 20 or older shall pay a half-shekel.
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In Light We Are Seen

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Step into the Molish Sanctuary at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington and you’re immediately enveloped by a breathtaking room with a soaring ceiling, continuous red brick walls and warm gold carpeting reminiscent of Sinai’s desert sand.
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Structures for Moving Forward

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In this week’s Torah reading, G-d speaks to Moses and Israel from Mount Sinai. The Israelites listen and accept the covenant that G-d proposed, saying “We will do and we will listen.”

The Bigness of Little Things

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By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Mishpatim My wife and I have not been able to travel, go out for dinner, see friends, even be with our...

You’ve Got a Friend

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By Rabbi Tsurah August Parshat Yitro Before I became a rabbi, I was a management consultant to large corporations. One of my roles was to help...
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Cantor Interprets Exodus Story

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By Cantor Rita Glassman Parshat Bo Perhaps you’ve already heard this story. Still, I imagine you’ll agree that a really good story never loses its ability...

The Question of Unity

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By Rabbi Janine Jankovitz Parshat Beshalach President Joe Biden has spent a great deal of time over the past few months speaking on the topic of...

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...