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Separate, Pure, and Holy

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Rosh Chodesh Kislev

Rabbi Phyllis Sommer
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Cold and dark
the month of Kislev
comes in

Ending Cheshvan
ushering in the month of
festive
lights

Kislev...from kesel
...confidence...
confidence that the light
will come
confidence that the dark
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Vayetze
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A Love Story

Valerie Jones
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I was young and inexperienced. (That should serve as an excuse if I need one). No one told me when I read Leviticus at 19-years-old that I shouldn't fall in love it. Yes, you read that correctly - Leviticus. The book of the Torah that discusses pus, rashes...