Mount Sinai—The Little Mountain That Could

When the Israelites reached Mount Sinai, where Moses famously received the Ten Commandments, they were at a spiritual and existential juncture....
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Happy Mother’s Day (And Don’t Forget To Call!)

The “Jewish mother” is a cultural icon. Her overbearing love and constant fretting over her children are staples of late-night comedy. If the Jewish mother stereotype tells the story of Jewish assimilation in America, it casts women as secondary
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Shalom, Salaam: A Message of Peace

Once upon a time, in the Land of Milk and Honey, there lived two neighbors named Yaffa and Fatima. Although they came from different religious backgrounds, in many ways their lives were similar. They both prayed, although Yaffa prays in the
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We Shall Overcome in Hebrew is Anu Nitgaber

At the end of the 19th century, just two generations away from slavery, a girl blessed with a talent for singing was born in Philadelphia. Her name was Marian Anderson and she was musically gifted, but she was Black. Time and time again she had
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West Bloomfield author tackles racism in children's book 'The Singer and the Scientist'

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Behind the Scenes: The Woodcarver's Daughter part 3

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Behind the Scenes: The Woodcarver's Daughter part 2

Yona Zeldis McDonough shares her favorite scene from her newest novel The Woodcarver's Daughter
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Behind the Scenes: The Woodcarver's Daughter part 1

Through an email interview with Kar-Ben's Marketing Manager, Yona Zeldis McDonough shares some insight into the inspirations, process, and thoughts on her novel The Woodcarver's Daughter. She was born in Hadera, Israel, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, she is the author of eight novels for adults and 30 books for children. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in many national and literary publications. She is the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine, a feminist, Jewish magazine.
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Let All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

Every year at Passover, Jewish homes around the world open their front doors to welcome in that most important guest, the ubiquitous visitor we look for at all important events in our lives - Elijah.  As the little girl in A Place for Elijah learns, “you never know how Elijah comes, only that he does.”...
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It's Purim! So you see what I see?

You’ve likely been warned about the wolf in sheep’s clothing, but have you ever seen a sheep dress up as a wolf? In Barnyard Purim, farm animals put on a Purim spiel and end up not being able to see the true danger in their midst until its almost too late....
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