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Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. To carry on that tradition, Stories We Tell, a weekly podcast from, shares a new story every Thursday to reflect on and discuss with the people in your life

Wednesday, February 26, is Tell a Fairy Tale Day, and Friday, March 20, is Tell a Story Day – both perfect times to start listening to this storytelling podcast, or to re-listen to our top five episodes. Give them a listen, and don’t...

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Temple Beth El in Glens Falls, N.Y., is privileged to have actor Josh Gray and his family as part of its congregational family. I recently caught up with Josh to chat with him about his career, his infectious enthusiasm and passion for Judaism, and more.

What prompted you to return to Shabbat services after so many years away?

I was raised in Glens Falls, N.Y., and then, as a classically trained singer, dancer, and actor, I felt the call of New York City and the...

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I first remember learning the famous phrase “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” etc., when I studied Hammurabi’s code back in my ninth-grade global studies class. I remember imagining how tough it must have been to live in that ancient Babylonian society.

It didn’t surprise me, though. I knew that there were many examples throughout history of brutal legal codes, and I knew some ancient societies were more brutal than others.

A few years later, in college, I encountered the following words from this week’s Torah portion,...

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I’m not sure I made a conscious choice to try daf yomi, the practice of reading a page of Talmud each day – and had I really thought about it, I might not have decided to try it at all. The idea of doing anything for at least an hour a day for seven and a half years (which is how long it takes to study the entire Talmud) is a bit overwhelming.

I didn’t think seriously about participating in the daily ritual until I read...

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Here we go again. Back at it. Another election in Israel, and pessimism is running high here. The odds appear low that the polls will yield politicians willing and able to create a new government.

When we Israelis go to the polls on March 2, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) – your election for the future of Israel – will have entered the last 10 days of polling. Regardless of whether Israel succeeds in getting a functioning Knesset out of our elections,...

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