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Jerusalem: The Biography

November 30, 2013
Jerusalem: The Biography

Anyone who lives in Jerusalem – or who is fascinated by this fascinating city I get to call home – would be well-advised to read this book by Simon Sebag Montefiore. The book is, as the title suggests, a biography of Jerusalem – told through the stories of many of the fascinating characters who...
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Happy Thanksgivukkah!

November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Chanukah very typically overlaps with Christmas – that’s why for American Jews at least, the holiday has become a sort of “Jewish Christmas,” with gift-giving and a feeling of being included in the “Happy Holidays” greetings, and an occasional Chanukah song thrown into the mix with the Christmas music. This year, however, is different....
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Israel Trail Days 29, 30, and 31

November 27, 2013
Israel Trail Days 29, 30, and 31

November 13, 20, and 26, 2013 Wikiloc Maps: Beit Guvrin to Tel Keshet Tel Keshet to Dvira Dvira to Meitar Day 29 mileage: 14.8 (24km) Day 30 mileage: 14.2 (23km) Day 31 mileage: 14.9 (24km) Total mileage since Tel Dan: 390 (628km) Day 29 started at the gas station next to the Roman Amphitheater...
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Does God Care if Women Wear Tefillin?

November 24, 2013
Does God Care if Women Wear Tefillin?

A few months ago there was a debate on Facebook about whether the Conservative Movement should pass a teshuvah (Jewish legal opinion) that says women have the same obligation as men to put on tefillin (phylacteries) every day. In addition to the halachic (legal) questions, a friend tossed some theological questions into the debate:...
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Vayeshev 5774 — Dreams

November 24, 2013
Vayeshev 5774 — Dreams

One of the major “themes” in parsha Vayeshev is dreams.  At the start of the story, Joseph has two dreams which show him in a position of power over his brothers.  At the end of the parsha instead of being the dreamer himself, Joseph is the dream interpreter, coming up with correct interpretations of...
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The Future of Conservative Judaism: Market Share isn’t Everything

November 15, 2013
The Future of Conservative Judaism: Market Share isn’t Everything

This is a guest blog post, written by my friend, teacher, and rabbi, Rabbi Dan Shevitz. Rabbi Dan’s message is important. It’s a reminder that there are many of us who simply have no other religious “home” than the Conservative Movement. My personal theology, and my expression of that theology, would not be a...
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