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  • Purim poser: What is our fascination with villains?

    by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

    1 day ago

    Who is the Haman in your life? The person, who like the bad guy in the Megillah Esther that we read on Purim, schemes to bring you down.

    When we get to the place in the Megillah where Haman is forced to lead Mordechai though the streets of Shushan, saying, “This is what is done...

  • Torah portion: Blessings in disguise

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    1 week ago

    My mother, z”l, measured her great success in the women’s clothing business by the number of women who liked the clothes she chose for them. When I was young, my mother shared with me her “secret of success”: People have to feel comfortable in their clothes; they have to feel like...

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

    by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

    1 week 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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