All Articles Tagged Shabbat

 

Torah Gone Wild

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Behar-Behukotai, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
May 13, 2015

I am standing in weeds past my knees, tasting young mustard seeds. Mustard, with its small bright-yellow flowers reaching up on spindly stems, has moved into our backyard. Each small seed pod — pointy and narrow and fuzzy — bursts on my tongue. First, there is nothing, and then a tiny explosion of unmistakable mustard flavor. I am […]

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An Unexpected Family Tradition

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January 6, 2015

As most parents know, when you have small children, your social life takes a major hit. Gone are the days when Friday night meant going out and blowing off steam at the end of a hard week. But just because you have to stay home, does that mean that you can’t have fun on a […]

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Shavua Tov

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Havayah Participant
February 22, 2014

Shavua tov from Dnep!! This morning, we slept in and woke up to a lovely, carb filled breakfast; complete with traditional Ukrainian cheese and blintzes. We then took the Shabbos elevator down to the ground floor to Shacharit services with the rest of the Jewish community. Three hours later, post services, we all ventured to […]

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Four Levels of Societal Transformation

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Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20
February 19, 2014

I recently had to report for jury duty. I had been summoned for jury service before, but this was the first time I did so in New York City. In the past I had found that, despite the hours away from my regular responsibilities, being an active part of the justice system was an inspirational […]

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Days 5-6: Nir Etzion a Shabbat to Remember

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Assistant Director, CJP Initiative for Day School Excellence
February 16, 2014

We arrived on Friday afternoon after a lovely morning touring the amazing Roman ruins at Tzippori – we saw intricate mosaics that gave us a sense of just how grand the buildings must have been here. We saw the remains of a beautiful palace that just might have the home of Yehudah Ha Nasi – […]

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Tales From Israel: The Intersection of Faith and Future

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Director, Prozdor
December 23, 2013

For the fourth year in a row I spent a sleepless Shabbat in Jerusalem. It’s not necessarily Jerusalem’s fault that I’m up until 3 in the morning every time I’m there. Given the timing of Prozdor’s vacations and flights, inevitably we arrive late on a Wednesday or Thursday, eat dinner, and then stumble off to […]

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Shabbat: A Turning Toward Each Other

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Stephanie Marlin-Curiel

Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
December 10, 2013

What am I grateful for? This question has come up at many of the community Shabbat celebrations I have attended. Sometimes the question comes in the form of a request to name a highlight of the week, to which most people answer, “I am most grateful to be here, with all of you!” And I […]

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Pizza: It’s What’s For (Shabbat) Dinner!

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Liason, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
November 20, 2013

During this crazy time of the year as we’re caught up with Hannukah and Thanksgiving, it’s easy to forget that we actually get to celebrate a holiday every week: Shabbat! I love that our tradition gives us this weekly opportunity to press the pause button on our hectic lives and encourages us to spend time […]

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With the Smell of Fresh Challah, Shabbat is Here

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
September 24, 2013

Each Friday morning, children and families arriving to school at the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center are greeted with the smell of fresh challah and are invited to take a small taste of the warm bread. My office sits next to the entrance to the preschool and I’ve come to anticipate both the […]

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Taking It a Half Day at a Time

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Community Blog Taking It a Half Day at a Time

Dean, School of Jewish Music
September 4, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I am not so good at the “take-it-one-day-at-a-time” approach to life. People constantly voice this sentiment, and everyone around them usually nods in agreement. Sounds like a good way to live. I, however, am always thinking ahead: planning, planning, planning. I worry about what I have to get done, […]

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