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Weakening Resolve
Weakening Resolve

The Biblical narrative of the 10 plagues visited upon Egypt may, at first glance, seem repetitive. However…

A Civil Rights Leader
A Civil Rights Leader

Rabbi Arthur Joseph Lelyveld was a man of incredible activity. While he made his mark on history with his activism, the number of Jewish organizations with which he associated is astounding…

Writing a Law For Freedom
Writing a Law For Freedom

It is interesting to note that, per his instructions, Thomas Jefferson’s grave is marked only with…

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi

While Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745 – 1812) did not come from a family of Chassidim, he would become the founder of…

The Work of the Frogs
The Work of the Frogs

While some frogs are poisonous, they are, on the whole, benign creatures – which makes one wonder what was so upsetting about frogs in the story of the 10 plagues…

Judaism’s View on Suicide
Judaism’s View on Suicide

There is nothing more sacred in Jewish law than human life. According to halacha, one must guard one’s life in all cases unless one is forced to commit murder, worship idols or partake in illicit relations. In these three situations only, is one perm…

The Jews of Finland
The Jews of Finland

For most European countries, the history of its Jewish presence begins some time in or before…

Rights in Connecticut
Rights in Connecticut

At the time that Connecticut ratified the Constitution on January 9, 1788, the fifth state of the United States was not particularly welcoming to Jews…

So Where Are You From?
So Where Are You From?

When reading about Judaism, one often comes across the terms “Ashkenazim” and “Sephardim”…

Insights into the Burning Bush
Insights into the Burning Bush

The mid-December release of the motion picture Exodus: Gods and Kings is the most recent in a long line of…

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