Judaism

From time-honored traditions to modern synagogue life, your hub for Jewish learning, holidays and text.

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What Would Judah Buy?

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Maccabee was a serious warrior, but surely he would have appreciated these Chanukah samples of fun. After all, he is associated with Games. Maccabee was...
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They Light Up Your Life

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By Elyse Glickman Innovative designers are broadening and updating the ways those observing Chanukah can pay tribute to the miraculous endurance of the fabled lighting...
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Holding Up a Mirror to Our Own Journeys

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This week, we continue making our way through Genesis, reacquainting ourselves with the foundational stories of our ancestors. This time it’s the compelling tale...
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Can You Top This?

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  hat Jews put on their heads before they pray is a deeply personal choice. Which is exactly why there are so many choices of...
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Thinking Twice About 
Bubbe Meises

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  Are you wary of black cats, first steps, empty ovens and opened ladders? Do you smell the Havdalah candle after it is extinguished? Do...
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The Secret Life of Letters

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  If God wrote you a letter, would you read it? Well, God did, and you have. The letter is the Torah. For centuries, Jews...
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Rabbis Take to Pedaling

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A handful of Philadelphia area rabbis find health, spirituality and a little urban grit from atop their trusty two-wheelers.  It was 6 a.m. on a...
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A Great Patriarch, Yes, but as a Parent?

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Depending on how you look at it, Isaac, of all the Patriarchs, was the greatest. At age 37, says the Talmud, he allowed himself...
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Rebekah, Like Sarah, Known for Her Warmth

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As I have been thinking about this Torah portion, Hurricane Sandy has come through Philadelphia, leaving us safe, but still without power in my...
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The Power of Prayer, the Power in Prayer

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  Hazzan Harold Messinger of Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley wrote the following prayer this week, reflecting on the storm and its aftermath. Editor’s Note: Hazzan Harold...