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  • Healthy Swaps for Pasta Lovers

    By Ilana Muhlstein, R.D.

    February 13, 2014 | 10:52 am

    1. Spaghetti Squash

    Spaghetti squash is truly the 8th world wonder.  It has just 31 calories and 1.5g of fiber per cup making it a perfect substitute for those who appreciate large portions. If you compare one gigantic plate of 6 cups of spaghetti squash, it will still have less...

  • Blot out the memory

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    March 1, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Purim is every child’s dream holiday; the story is like a fairy tale. Little girls dress up like Esther; little boys like Mordechai. In synagogues around the world we chant the story from the Scroll of Esther and boo every time the evil Haman’s name appears. It is a wonderful...

  • From Pain to Peace

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    August 17, 2011 | 10:33 am

    “Remember the long way that YHVH your God made you travel in the wilderness these past 40 years, that he might test you, by hardships, to learn what is in your hearts: whether you would keep his commandments or not” (Deuteronomy 8:2).

    My daughter just returned from Vietnam. When...

  • The power of speech

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    July 9, 2008 | 10:38 pm

    The Torah records that the human being was the final item created by God. But the Mishna (Avot 5:8) proposes that a variety of mysterious things were actually created just a little bit later.

    As the sixth day was ending, but not quite over, and as Shabbat was arriving, but had not...

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  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fire of Money

    In Parshat Ki Tisa, each Israelite is instructed to give a half-shekel to the "temple fund" every year. There is a midrash – a story told by rabbis to teach a lesson – about this portion. Rabbis say that God took a fiery coin from under His heavenly throne,...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This week's portion is named for Moses' father-in-law, Yitro. Moses is exhausted because he spends the whole day talking to anyone who needs counseling or judgment. Yitro, who is visiting him, says: "You'll kill yourself if you keep up at this pace. Get some people to help...
  • Give a Little Bit

    By Abby Gilad

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, I watched as Adam, a preschooler at Temple Akiba in Culver City, handed a beanbag to Melissa. She was crying because she didn't have one. He had two. In Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89), we are told that we must give one-tenth of our yearly income to the Levites. Can you...

  • A Portion of Parshat Bo

    By Abby Gilad

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In last week's parsha, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, we read of the final three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague. How? They must smear the blood of a lamb on...

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