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  • Are there any miracles in the Books of Esther and Ruth?

    by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

    5 days ago

    While the Books of Ruth and Esther each focus on a heroine, they depict very different pictures of Jewish life. The Book of Ruth is a vignette of the Land of Israel a few hundred years after the Exodus. The Book of Esther is a broad canvas depicting the Jewish people in exile and a...

  • Seder2015 hopes to bring millennials to the Passover table

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Millennials, what are you doing this Passover? If you’re not sure, perhaps look to Seder2015.

    Seder 2015 is the latest brainchild of Michael Hebb, 39, a self-described “food provacteur” who last grabbed national attention for launching “Death Over Dinner,” a movement that brought...

  • Freundel pleads guilty to 52 voyeurism charges

    by Suzanne Pollak and Geoffrey W. Melada, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

    The plea Thursday means that Freundel could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 52 years in prison and ordered to pay tens of thousands of...

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  • Freundel set to plead guilty to voyeurism charges

    JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, is expected to plead guilty to as many as 88 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

    The plea deal was announced in a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia to Freundel’s...

  • Torah portion: Fair and square

    by Rabbi Yehuda Hausman

    2 weeks ago

    A cube is a geometric shape composed of six identical squares. If the cube is hollow, these squares create an inner space, identical in length, width and height, equal in every dimension. 

    Too often, we think of architecture in pure utilitarian terms. What is this structure’s...

  • Religion as romance

    by Tamara Mann

    3 weeks ago

    I met my husband in college, hobbling my way through campus on crutches. He touched my shoulder, shouted, “Tag, you’re it!” and ran away. I laughed and found myself looking for his lanky swagger everywhere I went. We were both 20, both experimenting with the contours of our...

  • Torah portion: Learning Torah through the kid with special needs

    by Rabbi Paul Kipnes

    3 weeks ago

    The chiddush, that elusive new piece of wisdom that brings insight to my week, often comes from my students. With fresh eyes and hearts open to the inspiration that life has hidden away for us, they never fail to amaze me with their chochma (wisdom). This week, three people — our...

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