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Saying Goodbye to Shabbat
Saying Goodbye to Shabbat

Shabbat ends when three stars appear in the sky, a little more than an hour after candle lighting time. Maariv, the evening service, is recited in the synagogue and, upon returning home, havdalah is chanted. Havdalah, which means separation, …

In A Challenging Situation
In A Challenging Situation

There’s a famous pithy saying that “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This American proverb is understood as a tribute to those who step forward and take charge when faced with a trying situation. Insightful words such as this prov…

A Dotted Kiss
A Dotted Kiss

Jacob left the land of Canaan to avoid the murderous rage of…

Answering The Appeals
Answering The Appeals

There they sit, the pile of unopened solicitations and appeals. Direct marketing charity drives are the modern replacement for the communal tzedakah (charity) appeals of the past.Food for the poor, tuition assistance for children in need of a…

A Comedic Original
A Comedic Original

“I once wanted to be an atheist, but I gave it up. They don’t have any holidays…

Caveat Emptor… Let the Buyer Beware (And the Seller Too)
Caveat Emptor… Let the Buyer Beware (And the Seller Too)

Today is “Black Friday,” the day on which retailers across America try to…

Thanks For The Day
Thanks For The Day

The harsh piercing whine of the alarm clock startles you from sleep, and you push your nose into the pillow to block out any hints of sunlight in the room.Sleep…as Shakespeare said “to sleep perchance to dream…,” but as any good Shakespearean s…

The Kosher Status of Turkey
The Kosher Status of Turkey

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to be in supermarkets in November, it’s turkey! In fact, many supermarkets even give them away to promote large purchases of other groceries.As you put the turkey into the oven, take a moment to think about th…

The Bird of Thanks
The Bird of Thanks

On Thanksgiving day, it is customary in the United States to eat a turkey dinner. The Hebrew word for turkey is “tar’negol hodu,” literally, an “Indian Rooster.” It came by this name because turkeys are indigenous to North America, wh…

Evacuation Day
Evacuation Day

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called upon the American people to…

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