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Shabbat

Shabbat: The Linchpin of Jewish Tradition

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

On a warm Friday evening in July, aromas of onions and meat waft through Barbara Meltz's home in Stanhope, New Jersey. She is busy putting the finishing touches to her Shabbat dinner -- Shabbat being the Jewish Sabbath, celebrated every week from sundown on Friday to nightfall on Saturday.

Singing in the Car

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

An era ends, and I'm sad, terribly sad. But also so very grateful for the incredible community and the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.

Shabbat and Trungpa

Alison Laichter | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Alison Laichter

My hope is that, like Trungpa's idea of an empty heart, each time I am re-souled through Shabbat, there is more tenderness and less tangibility, a waking up of my soul, an opening of my heart, and a chance to practice making everything holy, at least one day a week.

Does Judaism Need Gender?

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Leora Tanenbaum

No, says Haviva Ner-David, most known as the first woman to apply to Yeshiva University's rabbinic ordination program and ten years later to receive private Orthodox rabbinic ordination.

The 28 Lessons You Learn On Birthright

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 08.07.2014 | College

Who would’ve thought that sleeping in the desert, riding camels, and eating an unlimited supply of hummus would make for the perfect week-and-a-half...

Why I'm Suddenly Longing To Get Inked In Midlife

Shira Dicker | Posted 08.03.2014 | Fifty
Shira Dicker

Why am I even thinking about a tattoo for the first time, at the age of 53, with grown children and aging parents and memberships to three synagogues on Manhattan's Upper West Side? Why do I keep on asking myself what sign, what image, which words, what message I would want marked on my body? Is this a sign of mid-life crisis? Is it a diversion from more important matters?

Long Weekends for Life

Carin Davis | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Carin Davis

If God had just chilled for a little longer back then, all of our weekends could be a little longer now. But no; go-getter God was up and at 'em on Day Eight. No case of the Monday Mornings for the Almighty.

The Problematic Message of the Story of the Man Saved From the Malaysia Airlines Flight by Shabbat

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm still awaiting word on what actually happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight #370. While there will be those who find the 'miraculous' story of the man who didn't get on that flight because of his Shomer Shabbos travel agent to be inspirational, I remain troubled by its message.

How To Turn Off Your Phone, Shut Down Your Computer And Totally Unplug Every Single Week

Ellie Krupnick | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellie Krupnick

Suddenly, like revelation at Sinai, Shabbat started to make perfect sense. Those 25 hours became a respite from my mounting schoolwork, a forced hiatus from the endless black hole of the Internet, the only time I could turn off a screen long enough to, say, play a game with my family.

Friday Night Light

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Remy M. Maisel

I like company on the rare occasion that I have it while I'm cooking, but I also enjoy the alone time, and my ability to be slow and deliberate about my cooking, savoring the process and tasting things as often as I want, without anyone offering to help or getting underfoot.

Keeping Time, Seeking Meaning: Celebrating According to the Calendar

Rabbi David A. Teutsch | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David A. Teutsch

For an increasing number of Americans, even these holidays have eroded into family gatherings that no longer connect strongly to the spiritual meaning that they have in the religious cultures in which they developed.

Girl Guides Get Kosher Cookies

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

The 31 young Jewish girls who established the 613th Thornhill Pathfinder Unit of Girl Guides in Thornhill, Ontario, couldn't wait to start selling coo...

Shabbat, a Cellphone, and Jewish Concern

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Shul is meant to be a sanctuary from judgment as much as it is meant to be a shield from the incessant buzzing of the world.

'Good and Evil and Angels'

Aviva A. Perlo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Aviva A. Perlo

Too often, we focus on either the good or the bad, as if life were a binary framework, with only two main perspectives. In reality, an abundance of space exists in the gray areas between supposed opposites.

Why Study an Ancient Religion?

Benjamin Barer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Barer

Unlike the Facebook and Twitter generation, Judaism exhibits the opposite tendency. If something was not said or thought about two thousand years ago or more, it is probably a blip best ignored.

America's Voices in Israel

Raul de Molina | Posted 12.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Raul de Molina

Last week I had the unique opportunity to share my experiences from my recent trip to Israel with "America's Voices in Israel" in front of over 1,200 ...

Meet The Shabbat-Observant Drug Dealers

AP | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- A drug crew strictly observed the Jewish Sabbath each week while dealing prescription painkillers, heroin and other drugs in New York City...

Mr. Berry, Meet Rabbi Sacks

Alison Cayne | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Alison Cayne

What prepares children for citizenship, adulthood, social responsibility, and the ability to connect meaningfully with other people? And for those of us without children: What prepares us for those things?

Challah, Beer And Tattoos: The Coachella Shabbat Tent Experience

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Its a major investment of time, people power and resources to pull together in order to create a massive 30 foot-long tent that serves food around the clock in a sea of other tents.

Jewish 'Nones' And The Question Of Choice

Ellen Frankel | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

I grew up in a one-size-fits-all Judaism that, in fact, fit very few. There was one service to attend, one way to pray, and little if any room to experiment with other ways to connect to the sacred. Now, we live in a society that demands choice.

Cyclists And Faith Find A Common Cadence

Win Bassett | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

Regardless of creed, crank, and even creatine in some cases, it's not uncommon to find people mixing religion and riding and subsequently discovering a unique spiritual and physical reciprocity.

Jewish Modesty At The ER On Friday Night

Tzipah Wertheimer | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Tzipah Wertheimer

It started when my son Shmuel began screaming. He'll be 3 soon, but sees himself as an invincible warrior. He slipped, fell and needed stitches. Since it was Shabbat, we made careful consideration to respect the sanctity of the religious laws while making sure not to jeopardize our son's health.

Keeping The Sabbath.. Radical

Mirabai Starr | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

The practice of Shabbat is not only a spiritual response to the timeless commandment given to my ancestors to keep the Sabbath holy. It is a political act. I am keeping the Sabbath radical. That too is my heritage.

My Son, the Jewish Vampire

John Blumenthal | Posted 05.04.2013 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Of course, Morris works the night shift. Other than the crazy vampire stuff, he's a good boy and a hard worker.

The Neverending Craigslist Shabbat Story

Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | DC
Sarah Barness

A friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend showed me an ad they had seen on Craigslist titled "Seven Single White Jewish Males Looking to Host Seven Single Females for Shabbat Dinner." So, duh I responded, duh I got picked, and duh I went.