Something New for Rosh Hashanah: Be Like the Moon

Before there was a set calendar for the Jewish year, the beginning of a new month would be declared by the Jewish court when the new moon emerged in the sky. To let the people know, fires would be set on hilltops.

Today, as in ancient times, the moon’s journey around the earth takes approximately 29 days. The lunar cycle, however, doesn’t start when the moon is full. The new moon that marks the beginning of the month is invisible to the human eye, filling out mid-cycle before fading away again....

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Behind the Scenes: Rosh Hashanah with Uncle Max

Meet Varda Livney, Author and Illustrator of Rosh Hashanah with Uncle Max On Rosh Hashanah, Uncle Max dips his glasses in honey to make the whole world look sweet. Celebrating the Jewish New Year is so much more fun when he comes to
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Don’t Be a Fool, Read About Chelm

A wise person knows that knowledge of the universe is vast, and that he understands only a tiny sliver of it. A foolish person believes he understands the world in its entirety. The greatest fool is so clever that he outsmarts himself, unknowingly stumbling upon gems of wisdom in the process....
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Your First Languages Are Like Your First Love—They Stay with You Forever

“Baby talk” is universal. Regardless of where you are in the world, people change their tone of voice when talking to babies. That higher pitch sounds more musical, with exaggerated pauses, and changes in speed. This all happens subconsciously of
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Friends are the Best Medicine

When COVID-19 shut the world down, we suddenly found ourselves guinea pigs in a giant experiment of forced isolation. A second pandemic soon followed: loneliness.

We know that humans are social creatures, but being alone for too long can literally make one sick. Research has shown a correlation between loneliness and negative health outcomes. A few minutes of laughing with a friend produces “happy hormones,” like serotonin and dopamine, and boosts immunity. Scientists have also observed that people with greater social networks live longer and recover from illness faster. 

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What are You Afraid of?

Witches, monsters, goblins and hungry wolves—children’s stories are full of dangerous and evil creatures. The world, as seen through the eyes of a child, is indeed a scary place.  


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A Drop in the Ocean Makes Waves: The Power of One Kind Act

If we are fish in the ocean, every move we make creates ripples that reach from shore to shore. The impact of a kind act, a smile, or a heartfelt thank you can stretch for miles. Multiply that kind act by all the fish in the sea and the ripples become waves in the water. We have the power to change our world if we are intentional about the kind of energy we put out into the universe. We can change the tide.....
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The Best Thing About Camp? Memories For A Lifetime

Summer camp—the memory probably brings a smile to your face. You can practically still smell the bonfire and the pine trees. Summers at camp are some of the most intense experiences in a young person’s life. Camp friendships (and crushes!) come fast and strong....
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The Dancing Swan Finds Her Superpower

Lily Marks felt like an “ugly duckling.” As a child, her flat feet and weak knees meant that she walked differently from other people. Orthopedic shoes and leg braces were meant to correct the issue, but made her stand out even more from other
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Stranger and Friends

Who exactly is a stranger? The word strange can mean unfamiliar or unexpected, but it can also imply weird or abnormal. Jewish text instructs us to love the stranger, remembering that once we were strangers in Egypt. We will be strangers many times over in our lives: on the first day at a new school or at a new job....
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