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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’s really important that we talk with our loved ones about our wishes for the kind of care we would like at end of life. Yet fewer than 30 percent of us have actually had these conversations.
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 people – not just Israelis – feel like it is the end of an era. Peres’s living testimony of the establishment of the State of Israel, fraught both with enormous challenges and miracles, provided hope and inspiration to many people.
A group of local Jewish professionals and their guiding rabbi, Rabbi Sholom Skolnik, have been convening to examine the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) as part of a new study group at the Phoenix Community Kollel. If the group members pass a rigorous final exam, they will receive smicha (ordination) as rabbis.
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?
When there was no more space in the synagogue in Nabagoye, Uganda, congregants would go outside, gathering under trees. But the branches weren’t enough to shield them from the rain during the East African country’s wet seasons, which last about half the year.
Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a dark street.
Jewish spiritual technology is like a freeze-dried wafer. This, according to students of Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, was one of his most important teachings.
Cholent on Shabbat day. Brisket on Rosh Hashanah. Matzah balls and challah – lots of challah. Jews love food, and much of Jewish culture centers on sitting around the holiday table together, sharing stories and a meal.
Next weekend is Tisha B’Av, which is considered the saddest day of the Jewish year. The communal day of mourning marks a number of calamities, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.