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The magic of Hershel Potter-stein

The magic of Hershel Potter-stein

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Numbers 16:1–17:15

Self-interest transforms good into evil

Self-interest transforms good into evil

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Shelach, Numbers 13:2-26

Parshat Beha’alotcha: Virtues of compromise

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What is the primary approach judges should take? In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about the nature of the Sanhedrin and its role in ensu…

Internalizing a message

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How does one determine whether we have infused into our children or students a proper, strong moral and ethical value? How can we see if the l…

Shavuot Calendar

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SUNDAY, MAY 28

A centuries-old Torah  finds its way to Arizona

A centuries-old Torah finds its way to Arizona

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A Torah created 300 years ago in the Moroccan desert has found its 21st-century home in the deserts of Arizona.

Just deserts

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When we were children, our teachers would provide us with mnemonic devices to recall how to spell different words correctly. Remember the clas…

Phoenix clergy travel  to Abu Dhabi for interfaith peace forum

Phoenix clergy travel to Abu Dhabi for interfaith peace forum

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A rabbi, an evangelical pastor and an imam walk into a hotel – it sounds like the start of a joke we’ve heard a thousand times before, but thi…

The lesson of temporary residence

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Financial life should be very simple, according to the Torah. That’s because people who don’t own anything have simple financial lives. And ac…

Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut

Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut

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Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Se…

The story of Israel’s efficient, high-tech dairy industry

The story of Israel’s efficient, high-tech dairy industry

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Self-driving cars. Drip irrigation. Missile defense. Milk?

1,500 attend Chabad Lag B’Omer event

1,500 attend Chabad Lag B’Omer event

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An estimated 1,500 or more people gathered at Castles & Coasters in Phoenix on May 14 for Chabad of Arizona’s community Lag B’Omer celebration.

Jewish learning in the digital age

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By day, Liora Brosbe is the family engagement officer for the Jewish Federation of the East Bay in Berkeley, California, where she reaches out…

Lag B’Omer Top 10: From caves to shaves

Lag B’Omer Top 10: From caves to shaves

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Lag B’Omer isn’t one of the best-known Jewish holidays — though some may notice that the men whose faces have grown fairly fuzzy following Pas…

Before you take, think of others

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Parshat Emor outlines the “fixed times” of the year – the sacred festivals of the Jewish people. It instructs us to count the seven weeks of s…

Roasted foods ideal for Lag b’Omer meals

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What holiday is not mentioned in the Torah or anywhere until the 13th century and has no particular foods associated with it? The answer is La…

Providing a Jewish connection in Taiwan

Providing a Jewish connection in Taiwan

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When you’re the only full-time rabbi in a relatively small and isolated Jewish community – like that found on the Asian island of Taiwan – you…

Judge with righteousness

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On Yom Kippur morning, a number of years ago, a congregant comes over to me and says, “Rabbi, Look what I’m wearing on my feet.” I look down a…

Marine Le Pen: Ban halal and all ritual slaughter

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Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, …

Jews with most education are least religious, study finds

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American Jews with the highest level of education are the least religious, according to a new study.