A Soup by Any Other Name Would Taste as Good

Sophie has two grandmothers. Her bubbe makes her chicken soup with kreplach, carrots and parsley. Her nai nai makes her chicken soup with wontons, bamboo shoots and green onions. They both make it just like their own grandmothers did for them a long time ago...
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Whoever Saves a Life

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. National Jewish Book Award finalist, The Whispering Town is the perfect read for our time. The history books tend to focus on the “big stuff,” the events that turn our lives upside
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The Most Famous Jewish Philanthropist You Never Heard Of

Does the name Judah Touro sound familiar? If your answer is no, you are in good company. Judah Touro was the greatest Jewish-American philanthropist of the 1800s, having donated huge sums of money to hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches and
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Putting Down Roots on Tu B'Shevat

“Putting down roots” can mean one of two things, depending on whether you are a plant or a person: to take nourishment from the soil through roots, or to settle down in a particular place...
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The Abba Tree: A Brief Tree Guide

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Yiddish: Not just a once-upon-a-time language

For the children and grandchildren of Central and Eastern European Jews, Yiddish is the once-upon-a-time language of the ancestors that gives expression to centuries of culture and history. Life for Jews in Central and Eastern Europe
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What Will Your Soundtrack Be This Winter?

A musician can play a song from memory, but they likely could not recite the notes of the same song. When a musician knows a song by heart the body and breath remember instinctively what to do.   Today we know that
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Top 5 Kar-Ben Recipes for Hanukkah!

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A Victory is That Much Sweeter When it Belongs to The Underdog

Hanukkah is the fun Jewish holiday. Most of us associate Hanukkah with deep-fried foods like potato latkes and sufganiyot, parties with friends and family, playing dreidel and opening gifts. These are traditions whose origins, interestingly,
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An Iron Lady from Humble Origins: A Lesson in Courage

In 1898 Goldie Mabovitch was born in Kiev, Ukraine. One of Goldie’s first childhood memories was watching her father board up their home in fear that a pogrom would soon be on their doorstep. It is hard to imagine such an experience through the
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