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Female religious leaders share Purim reflections

Female religious leaders share Purim reflections

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In the Book of Esther’s Chapter 4, verse 14, Mordechai encourages his niece, Queen Esther, to use her influence with King Ahasuerus.

Following the path

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Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18

Purim carnivals and more

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VOSJCC brings back communitywide Purim carnival: The Valley of the Sun JCC is bringing back its communitywide Purim carnival, which will take …

The story behind Purim’s hamantaschen

The story behind Purim’s hamantaschen

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The most important aspect of most Purim pastries is their shape. Most Ashkenazic Jews only know of hamantaschen, the triangular pastries fille…

Biblical garden aims for authenticity

Biblical garden aims for authenticity

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You won’t find wildflowers, prize-winning roses or neat hedges at the Evanne Copland Kofman Biblical Garden at Congregation Beth Israel. What …

Tu B’Shevat tree planting strengthens connection to Israel’s forest

Tu B’Shevat tree planting strengthens connection to Israel’s forest

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The Midrash in Kohelet Rabbah teaches that God told man He created everything for him. “Be careful not to spoil or destroy my world – for if y…

Deception for freedom

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This week’s parshah, Beshalach, describes one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history, the Exodus from Egypt. Pharaoh acted, not for humane…

Despite ban, Orthodox women clergy continue work

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Rabba Ramie Smith of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox congregation, says she doesn’t have time to protest the Orthodox Union dec…

Temple Chai hosts goat yoga session for Tu B’Shevat

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Temple Chai will offer a session of Goat Yoga for Tu B’Shevat. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Ma…

From darkness to redemption

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What causes darkness to instill psychological angst into the hearts of children and adults alike?

Chabad celebrates 25th anniversary with Torah dedication

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In celebration of Chabad of Scottsdale’s 25th anniversary, the children of the organization’s founders, Rabbi Yossi and Dina Levertov, are coo…

Two plague perspectives

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Va’eira, Exodus 6:2-9:35

How I became comfortable with my new Orthodox Jewish identity

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Right after my first daughter was born, I was talking with a good friend who mentioned that I looked like I had it all together. That I looked…

Rabbi to speak about Buddhism

Rabbi to speak about Buddhism

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Rabbi David Almog, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will speak about “Idols and I…

In Israel, religious single moms gain greater acceptance

In Israel, religious single moms gain greater acceptance

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When Alexandra Benjamin was pregnant recently with her son, she went shopping for appliances for her new apartment in Jerusalem.

Projecting goodness

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Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1

Calculate consequences

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Parshat Vayechi concludes the Book of Genesis and marks the end of the era of the Patriarchs. Jacob’s final tasks were to “bless” his children…

Workshop offers taste of Mussar

Workshop offers taste of Mussar

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An interactive workshop leading participants on a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth will be presented Jan. 22 at Temple Chai.

Hanukkah happenings throughout the Valley

Hanukkah happenings throughout the Valley

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Eight days of a holiday allows for a variety of celebration options, from building a menorah to lighting one, as well as opportunities for mit…

Yom Kippur in January

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Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27