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Back to school and back to confronting reality

Back to school and back to confronting reality

It is back to school and Jewish university and college students have more than assignments digging under their skin. The Hamas-Israel conflict will make it that...

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Who shall live?

Who shall live?

I have great difficulty with a prayer that, next to Kol Nidrei, is probably the central prayer of the High Holy Days: Unetanah Tokef – Who shall live and who shall...

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Unetaneh Tokef through a different lens

Unetaneh Tokef through a different lens

Dear Irene, I commend you for taking the time to express your struggle with this prayer. It means you’re taking the service seriously, that the words are important...

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Following Shemita laws a way to strengthen connection to Israel

Following Shemita laws a way to strengthen connection to Israel

With everything that has happened in Israel over the summer it’s hard not to constantly be thinking about the wellbeing of the Israeli people and the land of Israel...

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Dances With Wolves: a good model of adjustment to a new world

Dances With Wolves: a good model of adjustment to a new world

Every once in a while, movies can instantly transport you to another place and another time in an instant of cinematic magic. There is a scene at the beginning of...

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