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The Shabbos Project at Nessah

by Tess Cutler

20 hours ago

A Hebrew language class at Nessah. Photo by Nejati Studio

Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills drew more 1,000 people for a Shabbat of global proportions on Oct. 24 and 25, as it participated in The Shabbos Project, a worldwide movement initiated... read full article

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    Much has been said and written about Abraham’s 10 trials, which began with God asking him to leave his homeland and culminating with God asking him to place Isaac upon an altar on Mount Moriah. Much less discussed are Sarah’s trials — trials that, I’d argue, are even deeper and...

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    So Noah heard God’s warning that the floodwaters were coming, understood that God would “take care” of the evil within his generation, and without second thought, began building the ark. He collected his family and the animals, endured 40 days of flooding and ensured the...

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    by JTA

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    Rabbi Avi Weiss, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, announced that he will step down as rabbi of the congregation.

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