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Galilee Diary: Old Time Religion
Rabbi Shimon fled to the cave to escape a death sentence for publicly criticizing Roman culture. According to folk tradition, during his twelve years of isolation, he engaged in mystical meditation and wrote the Zohar, the central work of Kabbalah.
An Omer Meditation
The opening moments of Passover are behind me, and I'm left with a sense of something momentous having passed with it. There's a dryness in my mouth and heaviness in my gut that has nothing to do with the matza I've consumed.
Fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg, this classic recipe is a popular autumn favorite, delicious for Shabbat, to serve in the sukkah and to celebrate Simchat Torah.
When the Student is the Teacher: Lessons From a Stack of Old Letters
When a close family friend died, an old stack of our letters reminded me how I had been a teacher to him, even as he had been one to me.
Seeing the Torah With Fresh Eyes
As Simchat Torah approaches, I am ambivalent: a new year offers a fresh start, even as we restart the same narrative the Jewish people have read for more than 5700 years.
How to Supercharge Your Torah Study this Year
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