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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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My People Are My People: What Israel's Supreme Court Ruling Means for Jews-by-Choice

My People Are My People: What Israel's Supreme Court Ruling Means for Jews-by-Choice kbkaput March 2, 2021

The Jewish people have been welcoming people in for thousands of years, and this ruling takes a tremendous step forward in proving that Israel is the Jewish State for all Jews.

Pandemic Passover, Take Two: The Long Journey through the Wilderness

Pandemic Passover, Take Two: The Long Journey through the Wilderness kbkaput March 2, 2021

Last Passover began the urgent quest to reinvent much of Jewish life, highlighting that some of the ways we “do” Judaism needed to be updated. This year has been a powerful catalyst to shifts in how we perform our holy work.

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.

RJ Blog Learning

Pandemic Passover, Take Two: The Long Journey through the Wilderness

Pandemic Passover, Take Two: The Long Journey through the Wilderness kbkaput March 2, 2021

Last Passover began the urgent quest to reinvent much of Jewish life, highlighting that some of the ways we “do” Judaism needed to be updated. This year has been a powerful catalyst to shifts in how we perform our holy work.

This New Reform Haggadah Combines Liturgy, Poetry, and Art

This New Reform Haggadah Combines Liturgy, Poetry, and Art kbkaput March 1, 2021

The Central Conference for American Rabbis (CCAR) has published a brand new Haggadah. Mishkan HaSeder combines traditional liturgy with an array of contemporary poetry, as well as abstract illustrations that provide readers with something unique to glean from its pages.

RJ Blog Jewish Holidays

My People Are My People: What Israel's Supreme Court Ruling Means for Jews-by-Choice

My People Are My People: What Israel's Supreme Court Ruling Means for Jews-by-Choice kbkaput March 2, 2021

The Jewish people have been welcoming people in for thousands of years, and this ruling takes a tremendous step forward in proving that Israel is the Jewish State for all Jews.

Israeli Teens File a Lawsuit Related to Enforcement of Coronavirus Rules

Israeli Teens File a Lawsuit Related to Enforcement of Coronavirus Rules kbkaput March 2, 2021

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all schools in Israel have been closed for most of the year, leaving students stuck at home and trying to complete their studies remotely. All of them are hurting – emotionally and socially.

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