Online Conversion To Judaism Expanding at Darshan Yeshiva!

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Darshan Yeshiva's online conversion program is growing, and you need to know about it. Our hope is to increase the size and scope of the program (if there is demand for it), starting December 1st 2014, in the following ways: Reform, Orthodox, … [Continue reading]

Tishrei: Talking to the Dead

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I thought I'd kick off 5773 by exploring Judaism's relationship with ancestor engagement, or veneration of the dead. I don't say "worship" because we don't do that -- at least not officially. Although we seem to mention those ancestors an awful lot. … [Continue reading]

HaShem’s Avatars: Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

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While Shavuot probably deserves the title of Least Appreciated Jewish Holiday among progressive Jews, I'd also like to argue that the trifecta of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah is probably a close second. Sure, some people do the sukkah, … [Continue reading]

Pumpkins: The Secret to Sukkot

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Sukkot is coming up, and autumn for us is all about the noble pumpkin. Pumpkin is a squash originating from America. Squash was unknown in Europe until 1492 when Columbus returned. The word squash is of Algonquin origin, a Native American language. … [Continue reading]

Parsha V’zot HaB’rakhah: Rejoicing in the Torah

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All relationships end. We move through life in a whirl of hellos and goodbyes. Some are welcomed with enthusiasm, others quietly grieved. Not all are of our own volition or within our control, and we don’t always get second chances when we most wish … [Continue reading]