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There’s no question that the coronavirus crisis has affected each and every one of us, regardless of health status. Every day for the past few weeks, each of us has weighed the relative value of in-person classes, meetings, and get-togethers versus the potential risk of exposure.

We’ve relearned the skill of correctly washing our hands and getting to “clean.” We’ve embraced new and humorous alternatives to the traditional handshake, making do with air-kiss...

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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

This time of ongoing quarantine is a perfect times to start listening to our storytelling podcast or, if you're a longtime subscriber, to re-listen to our top five episodes. Give them a listen, and don’t forget to tune in each week!...

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As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, many of us are grappling with a newfound vulnerability. It is natural to worry about our families and communities as we confront a major crisis and the question of how a community ought to respond to serious danger comes up throughout our sacred texts.

Last week, we celebrated Purim, the quintessential tale of Jewish defense. Our people have often been a fragile minority and it would be tempting for the Purim narrative to reign supreme: “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s celebrate...

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The world feels upside-down right now as we all adjust to the cancellation of our regularly scheduled activities and the physical closures of our workplaces, houses of worship, and schools (many of which are shifting to distance learning).

As we try to “flatten the curve” of the virus by staying home, many of us are thinking about how to continue to engage children in opportunities for learning, both Jewishly and otherwise. (And if you sometimes just want to have fun with screen time, that’s OK, too!)

Are you familiar with the great Jewish educational videos available from...

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In her New York Times essay about cornbread and the solace that comfort food brings, Margaret Renkl describes the matriarchs in her family who survived wars and pandemics.

“Whatever else is happening outside my windows, whatever struggles are still ahead,” she writes, “just the sight of that golden disk of battery goodness can make me feel a tiny bit better.”

During this time of social isolation and...

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