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As the synagogue’s lockdown drill began, I bolted the door, lowered the blinds, and took a seat next to the new bar mitzvah student I’d met only minutes before.
“There's a hill right across the street from our temple — it was fully engulfed — and there was a raining down of sparks onto our property," the rabbi told JTA on Monday.
In building the ramp, we felt we had been true to the Talmudic maxim Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh, “All Jews are responsible for one another."
In the process of becoming b’nai mitzvah, adult students grapple, struggle, and wrestle, and in the end, always bring Torah to life and life to Torah.
We met with the legislative directors who we could sense knew – and they knew that the teens knew – that our teens would be voting in just a few years time.
Whatever our age, we must never stop learning; the quest for lifelong learning is vital. We can use the knowledge to better ourselves and to understand the world to decide how we must act.
Five years ago, H. Alan Scott emerged from the mikveh waters. Soon, he'll be celebrating another milestone: throwing himself a bar mitzvah.
This is liberal Judaism on the edge: Flinging doors open wide to those who would otherwise be left behind. The community is a voice of Judaism that is open to all who seek it.
As Netta’s mom, I maintain balance between others accepting Netta for who she is – a child who has medical and developmental needs – and holding expectations high.
This year, as summer folded into fall, we celebrated our son Josh becoming a bar mitzvah, including the “Torah pass” from generation to generation.
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Keep this recipe for the iconic Jewish dish handy for your next Shabbat dinner.
A rabbi shares his personal experience of finding his spiritual home.
Learn the blessing for placing a mezuzah on the doorposts of your house.
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Now when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although it was nearer; for God said, "The people may have a change of heart when they see war, and return to Egypt." - Exodus 13:17
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There's a deep relationship between Judaism and social action.
Learn why Anat Hoffman fights for women's rights in Israeli society.
Mattan loves his homeland while disagreeing with its government.
The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Show your WRJ pride with this zippered canvas bag. Features the phrase "Well-behaved women rarely make history" and the WRJ logo.