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This week's Parsha

The lesson of temporary residence

Financial life should be very simple, according to the Torah. That’s because people who don’t own anything have simple financial lives. And according to the Torah, no one actually owns anything! This is not a communist approach, but rather a biblical approach.

Wednesday 05/17/2017
Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut
Posted: May 17, 2017

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the menorah from May 15 to July 23 between the Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome.

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The story of Israel’s efficient, high-tech dairy industry
Posted: May 17, 2017

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

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1,500 attend Chabad Lag B’Omer event
Posted: May 17, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Jewish learning in the digital age
Posted: May 10, 2017

By day, Liora Brosbe is the family engagement officer for the Jewish Federation of the East Bay in Berkeley, California, where she reaches out to the community with a menu of opportunities for “connecting to Jewish life and each other.”

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Lag B’Omer Top 10: From caves to shaves
Posted: May 10, 2017

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 Passover are suddenly clean-shaven again.

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Before you take, think of others
Posted: May 10, 2017

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 seven days between Pesach and Shavuot. This is the Counting of the Omer, the season in which we currently find ourselves.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Roasted foods ideal for Lag b’Omer meals
Posted: May 03, 2017

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 Lag b’Omer. The Torah commands us to begin on the second night of Passover and count the omer. Omer, which means sheaf, was a measure of grain from the new barley harvest cutting, brought to the Temple on the 16th of Nisan.

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Providing a Jewish connection in Taiwan
Posted: May 03, 2017

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’re expected to do much more than lead religious services.

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Judge with righteousness
Posted: May 03, 2017

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 and notice his new shoes. He continues, “Last night after Kol Nidrei you announced we do not wear leather shoes on Yom Kippur. So I went to the mall and bought these non-leather shoes!”

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Marine Le Pen: Ban halal and all ritual slaughter
Posted: April 26, 2017

Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning.

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Jews with most education are least religious, study finds
Posted: April 26, 2017

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

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Beth Israel teens host Islamic teens
Posted: April 26, 2017

In today’s climate, now is the time to reach out to other communities to share our cultures and learn about different beliefs. A little over a month ago, my mom and I were invited to an interfaith dinner at a local mosque, where we were introduced to the Islamic faith, food and what a service looked like. They had a speaker there who instead of talking about differences, talked about the similarities between the Abrahamic religions. It was a very eye-opening experience and I wanted to share it with my youth group, BITY.

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7 incredible new things the world can thank Israel for
Posted: April 26, 2017

To build a Jewish state in the Middle East, Israelis had to be innovators.

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Time travel through Torah
Posted: April 26, 2017

As I study Torah, I sometimes imagine myself a time traveler, trying to glean some awareness of the lives of my Israelite ancestors without the perspective of my own contemporary view of the world. This week’s Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora, provides me with a challenging journey through time.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Brooklyn soup kitchen opens for seders
Posted: April 19, 2017

It’s not easy making Passover seder. There’s the cleaning, the cooking, the logistical and emotional challenges of hosting guests. Then there’s the cost.

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