Judaism

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

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Opening Hearts to God Is a Lifetime Journey

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This portion begins with a command: Lech Lecha, go forth. Twenty-seven years ago, a Jew who had been denied the opportunity to celebrate becoming...
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Agency Reduces Hospital Chaplains

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To save costs, the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia has halved the number of hospitals its chaplaincy program serves.   In a cost-cutting...
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The Gift Guide

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  Hearts are huge. Initials on anything and everything? Yes, please. And when it comes to a gift that never goes out of style, Apple...
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There’s No Place Like Rome

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“A llure” said Alessandra, “now we make the sauce per la pasta.” My 13-year-old granddaughter Sarina and I are standing by an old table...
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Controlling Your Date

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  Are you one of those lucky parents with an 11-year-old at home? If so, you are in the enviable position of having your child’s...
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Revised Figure

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“May you be inscribed in the Book Of Life.” Millions of Jews express this sentiment in countless synagogues during the High Holidays. But what does...
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Noah Is No Abraham, but Isn’t He a Hero?

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Imagine the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen facing off against Noah in the 1988 vice presidential debate. Noah might make a remark about the great patriarch Abraham,...
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So Why Is It That Torah Begins with a ‘Bet’?

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We have spent the last weeks pursuing new beginnings. We have tried to repair old wrongs and move on from them, we have identified...

By the Pound: Serving a Sweet Sukkot Treat

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Sukkot desserts are a distinct genre in Jewish cuisine. Traditional holiday sweets are made with fall fruits such as pears, plums and late-season berries. Holiday...
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Supping in the Sukkah

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In Israel, the weather is almost always warm during the seven-day festival of Sukkot. And many families enjoy their holiday meals in the palm-branch-roofed...