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Equality under the law and the requirement of personal responsiblity

Equality under the law and the requirement of personal responsiblity

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The combined short sidrot of Matot and Masei bring us back to the early post-Egyptian history of the Israelites. Having wandered for the famou…

Exact location of Shiloh tabernacle is coming to light

Exact location of Shiloh tabernacle is coming to light

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Ten ancient jugs unearthed at the Samaria site of the ancient city of Shiloh could lead researchers to new discoveries about the Jewish tabern…

Congregation Or Tzion to hold Torah procession to new home in late July

Congregation Or Tzion to hold Torah procession to new home in late July

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Congregation Or Tzion is holding a Torah procession as it moves to its new home in Scottsdale.

Taking an unpopular stand to do what’s right

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Parshat Pinchas, Numbers 25:10-30:1

Women plan mission to Israel in support of Women of the Wall

Women plan mission to Israel in support of Women of the Wall

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In response to the recent move by Israel’s Cabinet to freeze a government decision to expand a non-Orthodox prayer section at the Western Wall…

Why all Jewish conferences should include Shabbat

Why all Jewish conferences should include Shabbat

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I have attended countless Jewish leadership conferences. In many instances, I have even been on the steering committees responsible for the se…

What if animals could talk?

What if animals could talk?

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Ask any dog owner and they’ll tell you s/he is a “member of the family.” But are they really on the same level? On the one hand, we allow anim…

Phoenix Mikvah construction continues through summer

Phoenix Mikvah construction continues through summer

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Construction for the Phoenix Mikvah is in progress this summer with plans to open by Rosh Hashanah.

Calendar 06-30-17

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Events

Social entrepreneur program names new fellows

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Valley Beit Midrash (VBM) has announced the third cohort for its Start Me Up! fellowship program, which encourages Jewish social entrepreneurs…

Cool treats for a hot summer

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As temperatures continue to rise, there is nothing like a cold treat to keep the heat at bay. As we approach the long Fourth of July weekend, …

Jews honored in Morocco even as their numbers dwindle from a once thriving community

Jews honored in Morocco even as their numbers dwindle from a once thriving community

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I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. There I was, an Orthodox Israeli Jew, at a 500-year-old synagogue in Marrakesh, distribu…

What are you needed for?

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Parshat Chukat, Numbers 19:1–22:1

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…