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Unlikely Heroes

Half a century before the Internet was invented, an American Jewish organization was asking how new media might be harnessed in the fight against...

“We Were the Lucky Ones”

    TV creators definitely have a fascination with the Holocaust as of late, from “Hunters,” a TV show about Nazi hunters, to “Russian...

Education for Change

Commentary on Parashat Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20.    I consider the most beautiful passage in the Torah to be found in Parashat Nitzavim (Deut....

“13: The Musical”

Put a family movie night on your calendar for this coming August because the movie adaptation of the very Jewish Broadway musical “13,” titled...

Priceless Treasures

  A young child’s diary, a favorite doll, a cookbook of family recipes, a report card, a Torah scroll smuggled to the United States and a...

Family Ties

    In the 80s, my father and I did parent/child Hebrew classes (before it was cool). Every Saturday afternoon after religious school, my...

Melamed

    Around this time last year, in a column titled “An Unusual Public-School Teacher,” I wrote about my cousin Evan Leibowitz, an Orthodox...

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Something New

    Every fall, the air gets cooler, the kids go back to school, and Rosh Hashanah rolls around. The holiday itself celebrates the...

Digging In

    The High Holiday celebrations in the Jewish world are an incredibly hands-on experience.     Even the tiniest active gesture pulls the holiday...

Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur–the Jewish Day of Atonement–is a fast day that follows Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are often called the...

Rosh Hashanah Basics

    Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, a fall holiday that calls for both rejoicing and serious introspection. According to Jewish tradition,...