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Ten Minutes of Torah - Friday

Blue evil eye amulet

When my mother was born in the Polish town of Dabrowa Gornicza in 1921, her Hasidic parents sought their rebbe’s advice on how to protect their infant from the sword of malach-hamavet

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Bouquet of flowers with ribbon and Mother's Day tag standing in front of striped painted wall

As I was getting ready to run errands at lunchtime one day this week, I said to a colleague, “I’m running out for a few Mother’s Day cards.”

Jane E. Herman
Seder plate that includes all the traditional elements

With its focus on freedom, Passover is a perfect time to incorporate modern-day social justice issues into the retelling o

Jane E. Herman

The mezuzot (plural of mezuzah) snuggle next to one another in a ceramic bowl like a litter of newborn puppies seeking each othe

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
Marijuana plants

For 30 years, I was a congregational rabbi.

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Kahn
Close-up of sterling silver menorah with Star of David

My foray into Judaism came unexpectedly with a gift from my mother – a menorah. My grandmother's father was Jewish, but none of our family members after him was raised Jewish.

Joshua Moon
Girl Scout with her badges

Scouting promotes so many values we want for our daughter: love of nature, respect for the environment, equality and teamwork, and responsibility for our fellow humans.

Lauren and Jonathan Theodore
Handgun over dictionary definition of "violence"

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, senior rabbi of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, N.J., attributes his passion for social justice to his youth group and Jewish cam

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Syrian refugee family; father and four children

On Rosh HaShanah, I asked our congregation this question: “Who do we want to be in this new year?”

Rabbi Lisa J. Grushcow, D.Phil.
Shabbat candles in silver candlesticks


I thought I invented the word until I Googled it and discovered it already exists.

Rabbi Jack P. Paskoff


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