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Success After Exile
Success After Exile

When King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jews from Spain in 1492, Rabbi David ben Solomon ibn (Abi) Zimra (known as the RaDBaZ, his initials) was 13 years old.  His family fled to Safad in the Holy Land, where he remained for 18 years.B…

Learning Kindness
Learning Kindness

Today is marked on the calendar as World Kindness Day, a fact that…

Um, This Is My Seat
Um, This Is My Seat

Humans are often creatures of habit. People tend to regularly take…

The First Advisor on Jewish Affairs
The First Advisor on Jewish Affairs

In 1942, after first serving as a rabbi in Buffalo, New York, and then in Chicago, Illinois, Rabbi Judah Nadich (Baltimore 1912 – New York 2007) enlisted in the United States Army…

Give Thanks Daily
Give Thanks Daily

According to many opinions, the minimum amount of prayer one should recite daily should consist of praise of God, a request of God and a thank you to God. Thus for instance, a mother of triplets might say: “God, You are the giver of blessings. God, ple…

If There Are But 10…
If There Are But 10…

While the destruction of  Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the better-known…

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…

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