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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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In Fear, What Will We Choose to Build?

In Fear, What Will We Choose to Build?

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

jstern February 19, 2021

As former slaves, the Israelites were no strangers to backbreaking labor to glorify Pharaoh and Egyptian deities. During their transformational journey from Egypt to The Promised Land, the Israelites build two notable structures for their own use. The first, the

The Importance of Gracious Receiving

The Importance of Gracious Receiving

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

jstern February 1, 2021

At the beginning of my relationship with my husband, I was not always gracious in receiving his gifts because I felt they did not reflect who I am and pointed to his not truly knowing me. In hindsight, I see

On the Other Hand

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Spiritual Audacity: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Story

Spiritual Audacity: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Story jstern February 24, 2021

Martin Doblmeier's inspiring new documentary Spiritual Audacity: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Story is a long-overdue homage

Choosing Your Purim Costume: How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation, Stereotypes, and Racism

Choosing Your Purim Costume: How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation, Stereotypes, and Racism kbkaput February 24, 2021

Purim approaches, and like every other holiday we've observed during the pandemic, it will look

RJ Blog Jewish Life

Reflections on Observing Black History Month in the Wake of the Capitol Insurrection

Reflections on Observing Black History Month in the Wake of the Capitol Insurrection kbkaput February 23, 2021

This is not yet the America most of us dream of, but it is an unavoidable part of our DNA. American equality and exceptionalism are checks that are still in the mail. If we truly love what this country is capable of, we must continue to speak the hard truth to power.

This Purim, Make Noise to Protest Modern-Day Hamans

This Purim, Make Noise to Protest Modern-Day Hamans kbkaput February 22, 2021

We know that religious freedom is not a lesson from ancient stories, but an ongoing quest even today. While many of us are fighting antisemitism in our home countries, we are also in solidarity with the Rohingya people, who have been persecuted for decades.

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10 Jewish Quotes for the Lessons We Learned in 2020

10 Jewish Quotes for the Lessons We Learned in 2020 kbkaput December 30, 2020

In 2020, we learned the extent to which the fate of every single one of us is in each other’s hands. We are woven together inextricably. We need each other. We depend on each other. We must be here for each other.

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.

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Choosing Your Purim Costume: How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation, Stereotypes, and Racism

Choosing Your Purim Costume: How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation, Stereotypes, and Racism kbkaput February 24, 2021

Purim approaches, and like every other holiday we've observed during the pandemic, it will look

This Purim, Make Noise to Protest Modern-Day Hamans

This Purim, Make Noise to Protest Modern-Day Hamans kbkaput February 22, 2021

We know that religious freedom is not a lesson from ancient stories, but an ongoing quest even today. While many of us are fighting antisemitism in our home countries, we are also in solidarity with the Rohingya people, who have been persecuted for decades.

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8 Dessert Recipes that Will Transport You to Israel

8 Dessert Recipes that Will Transport You to Israel kbkaput February 24, 2021

Missing Eretz Yisrael? These sweet treats will help transport you, without ever having to hop on a plane.

My Gap Year in Israel is the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

My Gap Year in Israel is the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made kbkaput February 23, 2021

Israel is our home. It was in the Torah, and it is now. It sure isn’t perfect, and it might not be around forever, but that’s exactly why we need to come.

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