God Demands Jewish Innovation: Second Passover

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As if Passover Number One wasn’t bad enough, on 14 Iyar we are given the opportunity to do Passover all over again with Pesach Sheini, the Second Passover. According to Numbers 9:1-14 (Parshah Behaalotecha), there were certain people back in the old days that couldn’t participate in the official Passover sacrifice. They included people who […]

Tu B’Shevat Happy New Year Trees

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Tu B’shevat is very much a minor holiday to us today, perhaps it’s because most of us no longer work the land to provide for our families and communities. Perhaps it’s because few people care for the Earth as deeply as we once did. Whatever the reason is this is no longer a holiday celebrated […]

Oy, Revolt! Channukah and the Story of the First Punks by Joedah Maccabi

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Hello all, sorry about the delay in writing but I’ve been quite busy with university. So without further ado, let’s get to my theory of Jews being the first punks. If we look at all the various cultures that Judaism has encountered throughout its history, Pagan, Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Greek, Roman, 21st century secularism. Yet […]

Parshat Vayeishev: The Courage of Joseph by Russell McAlmond

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The parsha of Vayeishev has one of the most well-known stories in the Torah. Most Jews, and many Christians, are very familiar with the story of Joseph’s coat of many colors given to him by his loving father Jacob. We are told that Jacob favored Joseph over his other sons because he was a son […]

Spiritual Parenting

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I became a mother in September of 2012. Although maybe it was August. You see, one month before my daughter was born, my teenaged cousin came to live with my partner and me. He was about to turn 16 – the same age I had been when he was born – and we were thrilled […]