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Good Intentions Reap Good Results

by Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D.

Teshuvah is a combination of my work, my practice and my good intentions together with a subliminal, imperceptible, wonderful phenomenon that seems to arrive out of the blue from somewhere else.

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The Art of Aging

by Craig Taubman
The theme of this year's Jewels of Elul is especially dear to my heart, because I try to live my life as art—not a science—and also, well, because I'm aging.   As much as we may try to be... [more]

Tisha b'Av and A Re-Imagined Future

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

Our collected memory consists of the narratives and experiences individual Jews bring to the Jewish story.

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Recipe for a Ritual

by Rabbi Roni Handler
When Freedom to Marry, an organization dedicated to ending marriage discrimination, posted about my essay in Tablet Magazine, I was astounded by the tremendous response to the post and by the... [more]

Shabbat Unplugged

by Jenny Ferentz

Jenny Ferentz, a counselor at Camp JRF, reflects on what makes the celebration of Shabbat at camp so special…

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Summer Rite

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

There are all kinds of ways to make something special, and mark the passage of time. Let us know yours.

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Bringing Up Baby

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

Life cycle rituals are not fixed experiences—even when the text and ceremony stays the same.

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Yizkor on Memorial Day

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.

It took the recitation of Yizkor on Memorial Day to remind me of this important fact: it is incumbent on me as a citizen to take time to reflect and remember.  

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True Confessions of an Omer Walker

by Rabbi Roni Handler

I pray that I continue to remember to prioritize both my spiritual and physical sustenance each and every day, even if only for the amount of time that it takes to recite a simple blessing. 

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