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Did you go to the Purim Concert?

Purim: Megilla Read­ings, Balls and Con­certs (oh my; so many options) As long ago as 1864, New York Jews attend­ed Purim Balls, a tra­di­tion now main­tained for the past 32 years at The Jew­ish Muse­um. And, not only in New York, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David

Is Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David? Once we knew one truth Over forty years ago, Rab­bi Richard N. Levy wrote a para­graph that entered the Gates of Prayer Sid­dur. I quot­ed from it in a ser­mon dur­ing the Clin­ton … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition

A briefer ver­sion of this blog post, with few­er illus­tra­tions, was pub­lished as “Ten Min­utes of Torah” on Octo­ber 27, 2016 on ReformJudaism.org. Strangers don’t often inter­act on New York’s streets. Yet, this elec­tion sea­son, I am often stopped and asked … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul — be

mad man Ad man William Bern­bach devel­oped a num­ber of famous cam­paigns. For our pur­pose today, his most impor­tant is that for Levy’s bak­ery. Cor­rec­tion (Jan­u­ary 14, 2014): the woman behind the man! Judy Por­tas died Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 7, 2014 at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul — act

val­ues made real How will you act to make your Judaism real in the world? Con­sid­er becom­ing involved with one of these: Amer­i­can Jew­ish World Ser­vice The Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism Uri l’Tzedek — Ortho­dox Social Jus­tice Bend … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul : faith

what does it mean to have faith? When some­one pro­duces the same lapel but­ton for com­pet­ing can­di­dates, all that indi­vid­ual is inter­est­ed in is the dol­lar. So encour­ag­ing us to [have?] faith in either can­di­date from the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : (the cup of) redemption

the sec­ond cup — the cup of redemp­tion — כוס גאולה Think of each cup of wine as a toast to the gen­er­a­tions of our peo­ple who com­mit­ted them­selves to the strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion in their own day. With the sec­ond … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : (learning from) the signs

the signs We each need to learn dif­fer­ent things at dif­fer­ent stages of our lives. Pharaoh was unwill­ing to release his labor sup­ply. Pharaoh thought him­self a god. He believed he could do what­ev­er he want­ed to with indi­vid­u­als or entire … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : getting beyond the straits and narrow

how could so many peo­ple leave at one time? Amaz­ing­ly, in our own day we have already for­got­ten that “Hun­dreds of thou­sands of… refugees streamed home­ward…” [Rwan­dan refugees; James C. McKin­ley Jr. of The New York Times in the Los … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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promise of dawn

dark morn­ings As the north­ern hemi­sphere moves deep­er into win­ter with less light for each day, our morn­ings begin near dawn. This is a beau­ti­ful time of begin­nings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morn­ing are not those of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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