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Spiritual Compass
Spiritual Compass

Today, November 6, brings us to yet another odd, seemingly random, holiday…

Mother Rachel
Mother Rachel

The patriarch Jacob had four wives (all at the same time): Leah and Rachel and their handmaidens Bilha and Zilpah. Rachel, however, was the wife that Jacob truly loved.But while Rachel held Jacob’s heart, Leah had his children. Rachel watched her sis…

Catch-22
Catch-22

In honor of National Novel Writing Month, we’re exploring the Jewish influence in Joseph Heller’s (Catch-22) work…

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The Itsy Bitsy Spider

While the Torah tells us that God cursed the descendants of Eve with…

The Jewish Philosophy of “Free Will”
The Jewish Philosophy of “Free Will”

One of the arguments posed by those opposed to organized religion is that religion requires…

A Publisher of Books
A Publisher of Books

A businessman, a Zionist, a refugee and a publisher, Salman Schocken lived a life driven by…

Treating Holy Papers
Treating Holy Papers

One modern philosophy that might have caught your attention is conscientious living…

Opulent on the Outside Only
Opulent on the Outside Only

Dressed in fancy clothes with silver buttons and a hat of golden fur, Rabbi Israel Friedman (1797-1850) was a unique…

The Power of Shabbat The Power of Shabbat

Jewish life ebbs and flows around the celebration of Shabbat. The days of the week are labelled by…

The Bread of Shabbat
The Bread of Shabbat

Challah, known to some as “Jewish bread,” is one of the essential elements of…

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