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Making the most of gifts

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Chaye Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18

Serving up shalom at a post-election Thanksgiving

Serving up shalom at a post-election Thanksgiving

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LOS ANGELES — It was just a few weeks ago, on the night of Nov. 8, that my family had all anxiously exchanged text messages as we watched the …

Abraham and his guests

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Vayeira, Genesis 18:1-22:24

A Shabbat for end-of-life conversation

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Talking about death makes some people uncomfortable. Of course, we think we should talk about it. Ninety percent of Americans surveyed said it…

One quarter of 1 percent

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Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27

How a 12-year-old preserved history

How a 12-year-old preserved history

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With the passing of Shimon Peres, Israel lost a piece of its history. As the last of the living founding fathers of the State of Israel, many …

Righteousness is relative: The curious case of Noah

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Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32

Jewish and Mormon leaders commemorate early Zionism, shared values

Jewish and Mormon leaders commemorate early Zionism, shared values

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JERUSALEM - Exactly 175 years ago, an American non-Jew, under the direction of the founder of his church, climbed the Mount of Olives and offe…

Caretakers of the world

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Bereshit, Genesis 1:1-6:8

Professionals study to become rabbis

Professionals study to become rabbis

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A group of local Jewish professionals and their guiding rabbi, Rabbi Sholom Skolnik, have been convening to examine the Shulchan Aruch (Code o…

Celebrating the Torah

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Simchat Torah

In search of a perfect etrog

In search of a perfect etrog

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In the region of Calabria in the south of Italy, Rabbi Leizer Rodal of Phoenix’s L’Chaim Shulounge searches for “the perfect fruit” – an etrog…

Learning from the past

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Ha’azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52

5 reasons why Sukkot is great for kids

5 reasons why Sukkot is great for kids

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are boring. There, I said it. Seriously, what do Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offer from a child’s perspective?

Sukkot shortcuts for a spectacular meal

Sukkot shortcuts for a spectacular meal

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By the time Sukkot arrives, we are three weeks into nonstop Jewish holiday mode. Some people might be a little tired of cooking, and I don’t b…

The Yom Kippur paradox

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Yom Kippur

Tashlich in the park

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Two Chabad centers will hold Tashlich events at local parks.

East Valley synagogue to unite Torah, survivor at special ceremony

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At its High Holiday services this year, Temple Havurat Emet in Chandler will hold a special ritual for one of its members, Holocaust survivor …

High Holiday art contest

High Holiday art contest

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The High Holidays are upon us, and that means apples and honey, the blowing of the shofar and many other traditions and celebrations. Below ar…

Beth Emeth holds free community service in Sun City West

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Beth Emeth Congregation invites the community to a free community service for Rosh Hashanah at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, and for Yom Kippur at…