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L’hitraot, for Now...

After four years of bringing you a new episode nearly every week, this podcast is taking a little break. Listen to this episode to learn more about our hiatus and where to find us in the meantime.

The Antidote to Kvetching

Most of us today aren’t tasked with wandering through the desert, like the ancient Israelites were... but we still find plenty to kvetch about! What if, instead of focusing on small annoyances, we turned to community-building and togetherness? This episode first aired in May 2018.

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The Most Painful Parts of Joseph’s Story Can Teach Us about Ourselves

The Most Painful Parts of Joseph’s Story Can Teach Us about Ourselves

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Michael Dolgin

jstern November 30, 2020
The Story of Joseph is the longest single story in the Torah and one of the most famous narratives found in the entire Hebrew Bible. This text has inspired many traditional and modern commentaries and additional interpretations though contemporary culture.

When Do We Know We’ve Completed the Struggle?

When Do We Know We’ve Completed the Struggle?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Michael Dolgin

jstern November 20, 2020

In Parashat Vayishlach, Jacob receives a new name that becomes the name of the Jewish people: Israel.

This moment in Genesis 32 is essential to every generation, especially in the fraught times in which we live. Jacob faces what

On the Other Hand

Public Statement of Reform and Progressive Organizations, Communities and Congregations in Israel and from throughout the world on the intention to appoint Mr. Efi Eitam to the position of Chairperson of Yad Vashem

The Israel Reform Movement (IMPJ), the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ, North America), and ARZENU-the International Federation of Reform Zionist Movements express our opposition to the plan to appoint former Minister and MK Brigadier General (retired) Efi Eitam to the position of Chairperson of the Executive of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

URJ Announces Yolanda Savage-Narva Will Join as Director, Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Yolanda Savage-Narva, MSEd. (she/her) will join the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as Director for Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, a new leadership position.

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Daveed Diggs Has Dropped the Best (and Cutest) Hanukkah Song of 2020

Daveed Diggs Has Dropped the Best (and Cutest) Hanukkah Song of 2020 kbkaput December 4, 2020

This adorable new Hanukkah jam, replete with rapping kids, a bit of klezmer music, and gift-wrapped puppies at the end is exactly what we needed to bring much-needed light and levity to a difficult year.

Make Your Own Gourmet Latke Board this Hanukkah

Make Your Own Gourmet Latke Board this Hanukkah kbkaput December 3, 2020

These crispy treats make the perfect base for a holiday spread. In creating your board, think about what foods and flavors you typically like to pair with your latkes… and start creating!

RJ Blog Jewish Life

Teach (and Practice) a New Jewish Value Each Night of Hanukkah

Teach (and Practice) a New Jewish Value Each Night of Hanukkah jstern November 12, 2020

From this list of eight Jewish values, assign them each one day of Hanukkah and plan appropriate activities for your family. The idea of activities is not simply doing for doing’s sake, but doing for the sake of learning. Be sure to reflect and talk afterward!

How Fair Trade Gelt Embodies Hanukkah's Message

How Fair Trade Gelt Embodies Hanukkah's Message jstern November 10, 2020

The complex flavor profiles of sumptuous chocolate have finally made it to Hanukkah gelt (traditionally coins given as Hanukkah gifts, but used here to describe foil-wrapped chocolate coins associated with the holiday).

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How to Write Your Jewish Memoir

How to Write Your Jewish Memoir jstern November 19, 2020

Perhaps you have a Jewish story that you’d like to tell and share with your family or temple community? If so, here are a few suggestions to help you find a way to get your story on paper.

What Jewish Wisdom Can Teach Us about Waiting for Election Results

What Jewish Wisdom Can Teach Us about Waiting for Election Results kbkaput November 2, 2020

It may prove difficult to wait for election results, especially in these times of heightened stress and anxiety; patience may seem impossible. Fortunately, Jewish faith and tradition offer lessons for us as we enter a period of waiting and uncertainty.

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Daveed Diggs Has Dropped the Best (and Cutest) Hanukkah Song of 2020

Daveed Diggs Has Dropped the Best (and Cutest) Hanukkah Song of 2020 kbkaput December 4, 2020

This adorable new Hanukkah jam, replete with rapping kids, a bit of klezmer music, and gift-wrapped puppies at the end is exactly what we needed to bring much-needed light and levity to a difficult year.

Make Your Own Gourmet Latke Board this Hanukkah

Make Your Own Gourmet Latke Board this Hanukkah kbkaput December 3, 2020

These crispy treats make the perfect base for a holiday spread. In creating your board, think about what foods and flavors you typically like to pair with your latkes… and start creating!

RJ Blog Jewish Holidays

What You Need to Know about Israel's New Government and Its Possible Influence

What You Need to Know about Israel's New Government and Its Possible Influence kbkaput December 1, 2020

The webinar was designed to help attendees better understand the coalition agreement, how it will impact democracy and liberal Jewish movements in Israel, and its effect on Israel-Diaspora relations.

Performing a Mitzvah with a BBQ Brush

Performing a Mitzvah with a BBQ Brush kbkaput November 30, 2020

Sometimes a Jew has to learn from a Christian how to perform a mitzvah. I learned how to clean racist graffiti from the walls of Jerusalem from Father Nicodemus of Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion.

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