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May 4, 2018, 6:18 PM
Likeness and likability
Who are you? “I’m a foreman in a factory” would have been a typical answer decades ago. But these days, with economic stress and a decline in manufacturing jobs, the same person might answer, “I’m white. And I don’t...
May 1, 2018, 12:04 AM
Today. Everyday. Change and the Challenge of Life
It is told of a king who once offered his beautiful daughter and half his kingdom to anyone who could provide for him something that would make him happy when he was sad and sad when he was happy....
Chavie N. Kahn
Apr 27, 2018, 5:09 PM
Keep the Fires Burning
Lag B’Omer does not merely hearken an end to the Omer restrictions and the start of the season of s’machot (celebrations such as weddings); rather, in Meron (in Israel) and beyond, Lag B’Omer is synonymous with fires. That’s right....
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Apr 26, 2018, 11:45 PM
What is the correct name for Shavuot?
In our prayers we call the holiday of Shavuot “Zman Matan Torateinu”, “the time of the giving of our Torah.” In the Torah reading for Shavuot we read the account of B’nei Yisrael’s arrival at Sinai and the receiving...
Apr 26, 2018, 3:52 PM
How to get things done, with meaning
Use a day-planner to connect 'what' with 'when', and stick to the Jewish calendar for life-changing magic (Emor)
Apr 26, 2018, 9:59 AM
“Approximate Precision” Parashat Emor 5778
Parashat Emor introduces us to the holidays in the Jewish calendar. The Torah prefaces its introduction with an “introduction-to-the-introduction” : “These are Hashem’s appointed holidays, holy occasions, which you shall proclaim in their appointed time:” With the introductions now...
Karen Miller Jackson
Apr 25, 2018, 2:40 PM
80 women teach Torah
It's plain math: create more positions for female scholars of Jewish texts, and increase the potential reach of Judaism
Apr 24, 2018, 11:33 PM
Emor: Public Vindication
Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends. -Bishop Robert South It is not uncommon for the media to accuse a person or group of some misdeed, splash it in bold type on the front page of the newspaper,...
Apr 24, 2018, 9:53 AM
Happy Birthday, Israel. I got you a tent. I hope you like it.
It’s not always easy to celebrate birthdays, and I’m not just talking about ticking clocks and time’s wingèd chariot. Ten years ago, two days before my 48th birthday, my husband Peter, zichrono livracha, may his memory be for a...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Apr 21, 2018, 10:33 PM
Parshat Emor: Understanding goodness as sacredness (II)
“Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they are set apart from the sacred things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not My sacred Name; I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 22:2) We have said that the...