Tu Bishvat: Interfaith Friendly, Jewish in Nature

A local foodie in rural Massachusetts created a Tu Bishvat seder that could include his partner who was not Jewish and their Jewish friend and friends who were not Jewish.

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Finding Co-Officiants: A Multi-Step Process

Our first hurdle in planning an interfaith wedding (other than the insanity of touring and booking a venue) was finding an officiant and creating a ceremony that reflected both of us

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A Walk in the Woods, A Conversation About Life and Death, A Moment of Connection

I have a talkative family. Mostly, our everyday conversations are about routine topics such as schedules, work, food, sports, and updates on family and friends, but there are moments when we have rich conversations about meatier subjects such as ethics, history, faith and fate. These thoughtful discussions are never planned, they happen organically. But while […]

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How a Tin Can and Piece of Paper Taught me to Speak for the Trees

This week, the Jewish world, will celebrate Tu Bishvat, the New Year of trees. Often referred to as Judaism’s Earth Day, it is a time when Jews renew their commitment to care for the earth, celebrate nature and anticipate the renewal of the natural world. The other day, as I thought about the coming holiday, […]

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Finding God

I’d like to say that my family and I find our deepest spiritual connections in our synagogue’s pews, but we don’t. That’s not to say we don’t find any meaning and connection during traditional temple services, we do, it’s just not necessarily divine. My husband Cameron will tell you that for him this has nothing […]

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Vulnerability of the Heart and Land

The name of this week’s parasha, Ekev, is kind of a hard word to translate precisely into English. Here are 3 renditions of the first phrase (Deuteronomy 7 verse 12): “And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully…” (Jewish Publication Society) “And it shall come about in consequence of your heeding these […]

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Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

Doesn’t it seem like Jews are always wishing each other a Happy New Year? That’s because the Hebrew calendar includes 4 different New Years!

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Delicious Recipes to Enhance Your Shavuot Celebration

Advice from Rabbi Gil Marks about meaningful activities for celebrating Shavuot, including surrounding yourself with nature; eating grains, fruits, and dairy meals; and discussing the meaning of freedom on this holiday when God gave the Ten Commandments.

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Tu Bishvat booklet

Tu Bishvat: the greening of Judaism

This booklet includes the history of the holiday, activities for children and ideas for a Tu Bishvat seder

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Use Lots of Fruit at the Table to Harvest the Perfect Shavuot Meal

Reprinted general information about Shavuot, the spring harvest festival,?including recipes for Date-Filled Fish and Tabouleh.

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