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Jewish teachings command us to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. 

Many pundits have already designated 2018 “the year of the woman.”


One of my favorite holiday traditions doesn't draw as much attention as the others--called Tashlich--the custom of casting breadcrumbs, symbolizing our sins, into the water.


Under the chuppah, I felt my grandfather embracing my beloved and me—with the help of that tallit wrapped around us.

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As Danny’s mom, I know that nothing feeds the soul of a young adult with an interest in (borderline obsession with) aviation and classical music like sitting under the stars on a clear summer evening listening to “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Nothing messes with the angst meter of an American Jew like a trip to Old Europe and Israel, says JUF President Steven B. Nasatir.


Under cover of the night, Israel helped transfer 800 Syrians out of harm's way in the deadly Syrian civil war to safety in neighboring Jordan.

It's the idea behind the new book 'Biblical Psychotherapy: Reclaiming Scriptural Narratives for Positive Psychology and Suicide Prevention.'


Phillip Roth-the great American writer who died in May-is a study in what happens when someone lives in the vacuum created by the demise of a great civilization.


The Torah instructs us to speak words that ease, not words that hurt, for every human being is created in the image of God and everyone is precious and unique.

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