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  • Local rabbis participate in Qatar interfaith dialogue

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    Two local rabbis were among the approximately 12 Jewish leaders from around the world who took part in last month’s 11th Doha Interfaith Conference in Qatar.

    Rabbi Reuven Firestone, a professor of medieval Judaism and Islam who teaches at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute...

  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • Purity for every person: Shabbat Pesach (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    by Rabbi Mike Comins

    5 days ago

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

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  • What’s bothering Rashi about Noah?

    by Maggie Anton

    5 days ago

    While Paramount’s “Noah” movie has sold plenty of tickets, audience reaction has been mixed. Yet whether people love the film or loathe it, one reaction seemed universal. Viewers have had lots of questions, particularly about how far the movie strays from the biblical text and...

  • Pesach in Baghdad

    by Joseph Samuels

    5 days ago

    Spring was always a welcome guest. The winter was wet and muddy and the nights were bitterly cold. The streets in Baghdad’s old quarter (Taht el Takia) where I was born in December 1930 were narrow, twisted and unpaved. Sanitary conditions were poor or nonexistent. There was no...

  • Am I an e-slave?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    2 weeks ago

    I am not the right person to preach on electronic servitude, given my tons of incoming mail and messages and a touch of OCD. As I’m writing this, in between tweets and Facebook updates, I have stopped to answer e-mails. More than once. They pile up, you see, and I like a clean...

  • Western Wall cleaned for Passover

    JTA

    2 weeks ago

    The Western Wall was cleared of notes in advance of Passover.

    Workers used sticks Sunday to remove the hundreds of thousands of prayers and requests written on slips of paper that worshippers stuff into the cracks between the wall’s stones.

    The papers will be buried out of respect for their contents.

    The Western Wall also is cleared of the notes prior to Rosh Hashanah.

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