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BY Alexa Broida 6/27/2016

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. It’s the journey, not the destination. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. But what does that mean? How do we bring these clichés past rhetoric and into action?

BY Rabbi Paul Kipnes 6/27/2016

Going on a trip this summer? Here are three actions to take if you or else someone you know is traveling.

BY Rabbi Steven Moskowitz 6/24/2016

I have had many conversations with my children about their lesbian and gay friends, and I marvel at their acceptance, their nonchalance in the face of such an historic shift. Theirs is a world in which friends can come out (mostly) without fear. Theirs is a world in which high school clubs are...

BY Rabbi Robert Orkand 6/23/2016

Matti Friedman was conscripted into the Israeli Defense Forces at 20 and sent to a border outpost in Lebanon called Pumpkin Hill, which he describes as “a forgotten little corner of a forgotten little war.” Israeli casualties of Hezbollah guerilla attacks were code-named “flowers,” hence the...

Getting to Israel is About More Than Just the Destination BY Alexa Broida
Leaving On a Jet Plane: 3 Things to Do Before Traveling BY Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Want to Change the World? Learn From Your Kids BY Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
Israeli Soul-Searching Atop a Military Outpost in Lebanon BY Rabbi Robert Orkand

Just this morning, I boarded an Amtrak train, something I do with a fair amount of regularity. The large, man-made machine sped along, moving me laterally toward my intended destination.

I disembarked the Amtrak train and hauled my luggage to an elevator, another feat of engineering that many of us ride without a second thought. The metal box sprung into action, vertically lifting me up toward another destination.

My feet carried me along, then an escalator methodically brought me back downstairs, only to board another train, another escalator, and another set of stairs. Up...

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Going on a trip this summer? Here are three actions to take if you or else someone you know is traveling.

Texting

Being part of a rabbi’s family, we’ve quickly learned that “here today, gone tomorrow” can happen to anyone, anytime, and so our family has started a tradition. When one of us is getting on an airplane, the last thing we do before taking off is to text the other members of the immediate family to say, “Taking off, I love you.” Because life is so full of randomness and unexpectedness, we take comfort in always sharing words of love when we depart each other’s company....

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    Moses gets God's help The people suffer God's wrath The difference? One word.         This week's portion is full of complaints. The people complain, "If only we had meat to eat!" (Numbers 11:4). Moses complains, "I cannot carry all this people by myself ... If You would deal thus with me, kill me, I beg You." (Num 11:14-15). Miriam and Aaron complain about Moses, "He married a Cushite woman!" (Num 12:1).   The haiku considers the difference God's reactions to complaints from the people and from Moses. We'll leave Miriam and Aaron for another day.   God gives the people the... Read More

We learn many things from our parents: how to eat properly, how to brush our teeth, and, I hope, how to greet strangers. Others we learn through observation: how to love, how to care, and even how to mourn.

Jewish tradition speaks at length about parents’ and elders’ obligations toward children and the young. The Talmud, for example, instructs parents to teach their children Torah, in essence, by modeling proper values. The ancient rabbis expound upon this obligation, adding that parents must teach their children a trade and, according to some, also to swim.

In fact,...

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Matti Friedman was conscripted into the Israeli Defense Forces at 20, along with 19 other young recruits, and sent to a border outpost in Lebanon called Pumpkin Hill, which he describes as “a forgotten little corner of a forgotten little war.” Israeli casualties of Hezbollah guerilla attacks were code-named “flowers,” hence the title of his new book, Pumpkinflowers A Soldier’s Story (Algonquin Books, 2016).

Friedman provides us not only a superb memoir of his experiences in a...

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