How To Do a Mitzvah

In the local stores in my neighborhood it seems that everyone is pushing everyone else aside. People don’t say “excuse me” anymore. In the kosher bakery I get hit in the eye with a challah bread when one woman reaches past me, past Adrian and over Helen’s stroller. She really socks me one with the […]

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I Heart my In-Laws. What is Wrong With me?

As the year begins, many of us find ourselves feeling as if we need to detox after the holidays. I am not talking about cleansing ourselves of the festive food and drinks in which we indulged (or maybe over-indulged). I am referring to the process of removing the toxins that have accumulated in our hearts […]

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Something Doesn’t Make Sense…

As the storyteller (and others) point out, this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetzei (“When You Go Out”), has more commandments (mitzvot) than any other parasha in the entire Five Books of Moses. We are smack dab in the middle of the book of D’varim (Deuteronomy), the last discourse of Moshe/Moses as he prepares the Children […]

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A High, a Low, and a Mitzvah

We are currently in week 5 of our Philadelphia-based online class, Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family. This week’s focus was “doing good” through mitzvot. In Hebrew, “mitzvah” means “commandment” but is also commonly understood to mean a good deed. Like most people, I want my children to care about others and […]

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Understanding Our Commandments

We are half-way through one of our online classes, Preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Your Interfaith Family. One of the sessions is about the concept of “mitzvah,” the word in the name of this life cycle event, “bar mitzvah” or “bat mitzvah.” Mitzvah is a Hebrew word that means commandment. The word […]

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Infertility and Spirituality

The spiritual journey of a Jewish woman, trying to conceive for the first time.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide

How can you find a spiritual practice in Judaism, whether you came from a Jewish background or grew up in another religious tradition? We offer some ideas and resources.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide: Torah Study

How can you find a spiritual practice in Judaism, whether you came from a Jewish background or grew up in another religious tradition? We offer some ideas and resources.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide: The Performance of Mitzvot

An overview of ways you can perform mitzvot, including observing Shabbat, doing Jewish rituals and showing hospitality.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide: Making Holiness

An overview of Jewish holiness, including Jewish blessings, Jewish rituals, reading Torah and doing mitzvot.

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