Judaism

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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...

Gift Ideas for Chanukah 2019

Without cheating: Do you know when the first night of Chanukah is this year? Go ahead, take a guess. It’s Dec. 22! You’ve actually got...
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Struggling With Masculinity

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Toldot Most Biblical commentators interpret the conflict between Jacob and Essau in Parshat Toldot as the perennial struggle between nations. Israel then...
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Fulfilling Our Birthright as Jews

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Chayei Sarah Picture this: You work for an incredibly influential, powerful and famous family. Your boss has met with world leaders,...
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Yitzhak Rabin 24 Years Later

Parshat Vayera By Rabbi Barry Blum “And Abraham stretched his hand, and took the knife to slay his son, Yitzhak. The angel of the Lord called...
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Continuity and Change on Our Soul Journeys

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Lech Lecha Dedicated to the all the sacred work of mesnchwork.org and my father Lester, on his journey with Alzheimer’s...
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The Distraction Generation

By Rabbi Jason Bonder Parshat Noach There is a character in the 2009 Walt Disney film “Up” named Dug. Dug is a dog who wears a...
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After ‘Weather Bomb’ Topples Sukkahs, Community Helps Out

Throughout this Sukkot, lulavs were shaken but so, too, were sukkahs — many to their makeshift foundations, by a record-setting storm classified as a...
Vicki Rubenstein, Debbie Mendelson, Marcie Cohn and Debra Cohen

A Second Chance to Make a First Bat Mitzvah

The phrase adult bar or bat mitzvah, if not an apparent contradiction in terms, reads with some incongruity. Why would you need a bar...