Different and the Same: Passover Around the World

It is said that in every generation we are meant to see   ourselves as if we had personally experienced the Exodus from Egypt. The themes of Passover are timeless and universal: freedom, hope, and renewal. In different
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The Past and the Future Are Branches of the Same Tree

Abraham Joshua Heschel was a civil rights activist as well as a rabbi. When he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama, Heschel famously said, “I felt my legs were praying.”  When Carter G. Woodson planted
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May You Dance at a Wedding in 2022

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Soup Can Still Cure the Winter Blahs

A pot of soup or stew simmering on the stove can make the whole house feel cozy on a cold winter day, which explains why January is National Soup Month. In 1765, a French entrepreneur named Boulanger opened the first modern restaurant.
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Mazel tov to Aravah Ofanansky!

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Tu B’Shevat Comes Early this Year, the Time to Say “Thank You” to the Trees

We need trees. They take our carbon dioxide and give us back fresh oxygen to breathe. The tree is a symbol of the continuity of life. Many people plant a tree to celebrate a new life or to commemorate one that has passed. We talked about our
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Sometimes A Woman Just Needs a Bicycle

Gloria Steinem once said that “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Well, sometimes a woman just needs a bicycle. According to the legendary Susan B. Anthony, the bicycle did more to emancipate women than “anything else in the
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Stronger Together

In the summer of 1964, the disappearance and murder of three young civil rights activists in rural Mississippi shocked the country. The boys were volunteers with the Freedom Summer Project. One was James Chaney, a local African-American from
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What Can I Do to Help?

“Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.”

No other words so perfectly capture the essence of tikkun olam (repair of the world) as those written by the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.  He was reflecting on a seminal moment in the fight for civil rights that took place in 1965, when he joined Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of others as they marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

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