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Rabbi walking through a tunnel in Jerusalem.

To Be or Not to Be a Kohen

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By Rabbi David Ackerman Parshat Emor A man walks into the rabbi’s study, visibly distressed. “Sit down,” says the rabbi. “What troubles you?” “Rabbi,” he begins, “I’d...
Ancient scrolls of papyrus paper with Hebrew text

A Daf a Day, in Quarantine

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South Philadelphia Shtiebel’s Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter and a coterie of students — numbering more than a basketball team, but fewer than a minyan —...
Woman's Hand Placing Last Alphabet Of Word Trust Over Wooden Block

Forging Trust Vital to Society

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By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Aharei Mot-K’doshim The double portion of the Torah reading this week, Aharei Mot-K’doshim, contains one chapter that’s known for its moral...
Healthy Lifestyle and Yoga Concept. Close-up hands. Woman do yoga outdoors at sunrise in lotus position. Woman exercising and meditating in morning. Nature background.

A Time of Revelation, Accounting

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By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Metzorah At home, socially distanced from the world, the silence is deafening and the sights are limited to what is accessible by...
Jason Alexander, upper right, invites non-Jews Josh Groban, upper left, Darren Criss, lower left and Rachel Brosnahan to join in a virtual Seder webcast on YouTube, April 11, 2020.

Celebrity-Studded Seder Raises $2.6M for Charity

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By Ron Kampeas / JTA With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder...
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Look to Your Hands for the Future

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By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Parshat Shemini “And it happened on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus...
Alana Ufberg

11-Year-Old Sews ‘Superhero’ Masks For Charity

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At 11, Alana Ufberg already knows that not all superheroes wear capes. Increasingly, she’s noticed, they wear masks. By the time Gov. Tom Wolf called on...
David Broza sings at the Global Gathering for Healing, which drew thousands online.

What Does Prayer Feel Like Right Now?

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Thousands of Conservative Jews from around the world gathered together for prayer, song and a little Torah learning on April 5. It wasn’t in person,...
Metal plate with matzah or matza and Passover Haggadah on a vintage wood background presented as a Passover seder feast or meal with copy space. Translation: Passover Haggadah

Imagine the Aftermath

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By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Passover Imagine the scene: Every family and individual huddled at home, hunkered down, commanded to do so, and painfully, terrifyingly aware of...
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Avoiding Confrontations at Passover

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There’s the presidential election. There’s the coronavirus pandemic. There are massive layoffs around the country. And, on top of all of that, people will...