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Just A Half A Shekel
Just A Half A Shekel

This Shabbat is Shabbat Shekalim, the Sabbath of Shekels. The Torah portion that speaks of Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16) is read as the Maftir portion after the regular weekly Torah reading has concluded. It refers to G-d’s commandment that…

The House of Assembly
The House of Assembly

Did you know that the Greek word ‘synagogue’ is actually a translation of the Hebrew term Beit K’nesset (English = House of Assembly). The ‘assembly’ referred to is the minyan (quorum of 10) necessary for a full prayer service.

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement
Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement

The Mussar movement, the formal study and program of ethical improvement, was developed in the mid-nineteenth century by Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883, his family name was Lipkin but he is known as Salanter in honor of the many years he studied…

Twilight (Sorry No Vampires)
Twilight (Sorry No Vampires)

In Judaism, the day begins and ends at sunset. But defining sunset can be complicated. However, for many aspects of Jewish life, such as the observance of Shabbat/holidays, prayer times and even the day on which a baby boy has his brit milah

Adina and Eric Adina and Eric

“I popped the question and Adina didn’t answer! I guess she was speechless. After all, it’s hard to pronounce words when your jaw is wide open.”

The Haftarah
The Haftarah

Every week, on Shabbat, a portion of the Five Books of Moses is read in synagogue. This portion is known as the parasha. In addition to the parasha…

Sara and Lane Sara and Lane

“I tell everyone I know who is single to give JDate a try, and not to give up, because we’re proof it really can work.”

Game Day Game Day

It’s only days before the big game and I am not sure who to root for nor what I am serving. For me the decision of which team or town I like best is not the only issue. I have to decide if I want dairy or meat. Hot wings or gooey cheese? So many decisions and so much delicious food!

The (S)Ex Factor The (S)Ex Factor

Even though I still love him, I am starting to feel like he is using me for physical reasons and I am mad that I keep giving in to him. The fact that he is still calling and trying to connect is preventing me from moving on…

Asher, Son of Jacob
Asher, Son of Jacob

Asher was the second son born to Zilpah, Jacob’s wife, the former handmaid of Leah. The ninth son in the household (after Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Dan, Naphtali and Gad), he was named Asher, which means ‘fortunate’ after Leah declared…

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