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The Second Commandment
The Second Commandment

You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, nor any manner of…

Why Honoring Your Parents is About Much More than the Parents
Why Honoring Your Parents is About Much More than the Parents

At one point or another, almost every parent (religious or not) quotes the Ten Commandments to…

A Period of Mourning
A Period of Mourning

The period of mourning* (for the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who died of plague) associated with…

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?
Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

Akiva ben Yosef was once an ignorant and illiterate shepherd. So poor and downtrodden a figure was Akiva…

Rabbi Shimon’s Favorite Tree
Rabbi Shimon’s Favorite Tree

On Lag Ba’omer, Jews around the world honor the memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a student of Rabbi Akiva who delved into…

Kabbalah and The Divine
Kabbalah and The Divine

While the study of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) has always been a part of Torah study, it only gained public prominence in…

Moving Plans
Moving Plans

It is not uncommon to picture the era of the rabbis of the Talmud as a world in which the vast majority of Jews still…

The First Jew in the Colonies
The First Jew in the Colonies

When does American Jewish history begin? Some would say that it begins in 1492, when Columbus…

The Second Passover
The Second Passover

On the first anniversary of the Exodus from Egypt, the Children of Israel prepared to celebrate their first Passover as…

A Town Named Kaplan
A Town Named Kaplan

Southwestern Louisiana is probably one of the last places in America that one would expect to find a town named “Kaplan.” Nevertheless…

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