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  • Confessions of a Christmas carol addict

    December 18, 2008 | 4:10 am

    I've decided it's finally time to come out of the closet -- the Christmas Carol Closet: "Hello, my name is Andrea, and I am Jewish woman who keeps a kosher home, went to Jewish summer camp, lived in Israel and is utterly, completely, hopelessly addicted to Christmas carols."

    And as...

  • ‘Prayer isn’t boring—you are’

    September 3, 2008 | 9:48 pm

    Jews often complain that prayer is boring. Young people resist going to synagogue -- and older people drift away from prayer altogether -- because they find it to be a chore.

    In response to these oft-repeated criticisms, Rabbi Harold Schulweis once offered from the pulpit an...

  • Find Your Melody

    By Rabbi Toba August

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This Shabbat is called Shabbat Shirah and is named for the "Song of the Sea" sung by Moses and the Israelites after they experienced the redemption at the splitting of the Red Sea.

    What was it, the rabbis asked, that evoked shirah, song, at this point and not earlier when they...

  • Memories in Melody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For Ilana Besha, 19, the songs conjure up images of the first mass aliyah from famine-stricken Ethiopia to the Promised Land. "When word came to our village that we were going to Israel, it was like a dream come true," said the teenager, who was in Los Angeles last week with Shlomo...

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