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Josh Fleet is Associate Editor for The Huffington Post's Religion section. When he's not working in HuffPost's fine New York office, he's busy thinking, reading and writing about music, the Jewish spirit and how they converge. Like you, he is a part of the Friends & Friends Collective.

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Listening to Learn: The Message of Phish

(19) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:33 AM

"It is so amazing to be standing out here in the middle of this whole thing with you guys," says the man on the stage.

Twenty thousand people roar.

"'Cause we've been standing on one end for 30 years," he continues, "just trying to get our message, our message across...

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Nathan Rabin's Psychospiritual Odyssey Among Two Lost Tribes of American Pop Culture

(9) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Nathan Rabin is no stranger to manic descents into the darkest corners of mind, body and soul. His memoir, "The Big Rewind," told through the lens of pop culture, is rife with trauma, heartbreak, neglect and often-debilitating neuroses.

So, perhaps it's not surprising that soon after setting out to research...

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Manifest Melody: A Textual Inquiry for Day 21 of the Omer

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Early yesterday morning, during my morning prayers at Yeshivat Hadar, I came across an interesting passage in the Zohar, the enigmatic, poetic, foundational opus of Jewish mysticism:

exodus 14 21

The footnote explained:

"...to be read from above to below, beginning at the...

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Dreams and Prayers of Peace for All People

(189) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 1:38 PM

"Imagine all the people living life in peace." -- John Lennon

"Many foolish beliefs that people once held, such as forms of idol-worship that demanded child sacrifice, etc., have disappeared. But, as of yet, the foolish belief in the pursuit of war has not disappeared." -- Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav

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Grateful Jews: A Trip To The Grateful Dead's Sacred Origins (PHOTOS)

(65) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 7:31 PM

Every version of the tale is different, but certain elements persist: A wanderer encounters somebody disrespecting a corpse that, in life, had not paid its debts. Outraged by this behavior, the wanderer pays off the man’s debts, and then continues his wandering. Down the road, he faces hardships of his...

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Bearded Gospel Men: Facial Hair For A More Manly Faith (PHOTOS)

(107) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 5:46 PM

"You shall not cut the hair on the sides of your heads, neither shall you clip off the edge of your beard." -- Leviticus 19:27

To beard or not to beard is not the question. The beard is a given -- given by God.

Bearded Gospel Men...

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Lulav And Etrog: Sukkot's Strange, Awesome Ritual (PHOTOS)

(335) Comments | Posted September 29, 2012 | 11:26 PM

For a religion as old as Judaism, declaring any one ritual or holiday to be "the most" anything seems like folly.

But one practice during the upcoming holiday of Sukkot -- waving the "four species," known as the Lulav and Etrog -- is certainly in the running...

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A Jewish New Year's Resolution Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 6:16 PM

"So what do you do on this holiday?"

When I try to answer this question, as yet another Jewish celebration approaches, I sound like a scratched CD from my middle school music collection: repetitive, shallow, immature, boring.

"Well, usually the family gets together for a big meal," I say, "and...

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Parshat Ekev: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:53 PM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Ekev in interlinear Hebrew/English.

Listen to these laws --...

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Siyum HaShas 2012: Why 90,000 Jews Will Gather In MetLife Stadium To Celebrate Reading The Talmud

(246) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 5:41 PM

Some books you just can't put down.

On Aug. 1, some 90,000 Jewish men and women will attend a celebration of one such tome -- the Talmud. Organizers bill the event as the largest party for Jewish learning in 2,000 years.

The Siyum HaShas...

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Parshat Devarim: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

(8) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 9:28 PM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Devarim in interlinear Hebrew/English.

On the plans of Moab...

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Parshat Matot-Massei: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 5:34 PM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Numbers 30:2-36:13, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Matot-Massei in interlinear Hebrew/English.

Parshat Matot

"If you make...

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Parshat Pinchas: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

(38) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Numbers 25:10-30:1, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Pinchas in interlinear Hebrew/English.

"Pinchas son of Eleazar son...

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Parshat Balak: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

(96) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 7:09 PM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Numbers 22:2-25:9, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Balak in interlinear Hebrew/English.

Balak, the king of Moab,...

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Parshat Chukat: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Numbers 19:1-22:1, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Chukat in interlinear Hebrew/English.

"This stuff's...

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Faith Inspires: The Polyphony Youth Orchestra

(10) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 11:03 AM

When Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar decided to open a school for classical music in Nazareth, he knew he had to find good teachers. So he went to Tel Aviv, where the best musicians lived -- most of them Jewish Israelis.

Now, six years later, aspiring young musicians from Tel Aviv and...

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Parshat Shelach Lecha: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources

(14) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 7:11 PM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Numbers 13:1-15:41, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Shelach Lecha in interlinear Hebrew/English.

"Send scouts, one from...

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Parshat Beha'alotecha: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources (VIDEO)

(32) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 11:13 AM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Numbers 8:1-12:16, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Beha'alotecha in interlinear Hebrew/English.

Tell Aaron, God says to...

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Parshat Naso: Weekly Torah Portion Summary, Questions, Resources (VIDEO)

(256) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Editor's note: The HuffTorah is an overview of the Torah reading of the week, which is found in the Book of Numbers 4:21-7:89, and includes links to additional resources for study and discussion. Read the full text of Parshat Naso interlinear Hebrew/English.

God tells Moses: Lift up the...

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Soferet: Jewish Female Scribes Receive The Torah

(405) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 9:01 AM

Some say her work is forbidden. Some might say it's a complete waste of time. Others remain silent. But Julie Seltzer, one of a few women in history to write a complete Torah scroll, is just following her heart.

"My love of Torah led me to be a scribe,"...

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