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How Will Our Kids Understand the Past?

How do I help my daughters truly understand anti-Semitism and Jewish history?

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The Real Story of Hanukkah

In rabbinical school, I learned what you might call the “real” story of Hanukkah. I also learned about the “real” story of Purim – there is more beyond the Disney version which includes a violent ending to the Book of Esther, which I never knew about as a child. I also learned about other gruesome stories in […]

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Deepen Your Family’s Connection to Judaism with Summer Travel

As the end of the school year approaches, my family is actively planning our summer vacation. This year we’re traveling to Santa Fe for art, culture and hiking. As I’ve done since my husband and I began traveling together before we married, I’m researching the various landmarks, historical sites and things to do at our […]

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Making It Count

I am a counter and a list maker. I use the calendar on my phone/computer and I have a paper calendar. I create a to-do list each week and sometimes add things I have already accomplished for the simple pleasure of being able to cross it out. I have a countdown app on my phone […]

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Making History Fun: Two New Children’s Books

One of two new books on American Jewish culture hits home for our reviewer, as it tells a story from her family.

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How My Hunger for History Helped Me Reclaim My Judaism

Personal narrative by a secular Jewish woman who, after reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, became interested in Judaism and Jewish history, and decided to fast on Yom Kippur for the first time in her life.

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The Historical Roots of Hanukkah

A section of A Guide to Hanukkah and the December Dilemma for Interfaith Families: The story of Hanukkah is a story of a revolution in the service of religious freedom.

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Fast for the Body, Food for the Spirit

She doesn’t enjoy it, but she gets a lot out of fasting on the ninth of Av.

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Bloodlines and Birthrights

The child of an interfaith marriage found a connection to Jewish history in Israel–not a reason to marry a Jew.

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