Let’s Celebrate Fellow Travelers on Shavuot

This post is based on an article by Rabbi Copeland that originally appeared on jweekly.com There have always been Jews-by-association. Nowadays this term, JBA for short, is becoming well known as a catch-all category for people who hang out with Jews, including people who gravitate toward Judaism, have many Jewish friends, or are partnered with […]

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Planning for a First Shavuot

Despite being part of a Jewish family for the past decade, I have never celebrated Shavuot. After the excitement of Passover, it’s never been a holiday that I’ve experienced. I am, admittedly, embarrassed to say this. However, in the spirit of blogging about my interfaith family, I announced to the family that this year, we […]

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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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Shavuot Rules

A Meditation on Rules: My Shavuot Postscript

The ten family rules for Shavuot

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Mother reading to daughter

7 Ways to Make Shavuot More Meaningful

On Shavuot, Jews celebrate Matan Torah, the Giving of the Torah. If you didn’t grow up Jewish, or even if you did, you may not know much about Shavuot. Although Shavuot is one of the Shelosh Regalim (the three Pilgrimage Festivals), equal in importance to Passover and Sukkot, it’s less commonly celebrated than the other […]

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Sinai At Sea

She was happy to take her recently widowed mother on a cruise, but did it have to be on such a meaningful Jewish holiday?

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RE-READING RUTH: Not “Ruth and Her Conversion” but “Ruth and her Interfaith Marriage”

A version of this blog post was reprinted in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and can be read here. “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16) These words, spoken by the young widow Ruth to her mother-in-law Naomi, […]

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Shavuot

Shavuot

Everything you wanted to know about the Jewish holiday Shavuot

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If the Book of Ruth Were Written Today

If the Book of Ruth, text customarily studied on Shavuot, were written with today’s interfaith couples in mind…

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Drew and Will’s Wedding

Mazal tov to Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman! They’ve made their wedding date (June 2) public. suggests the rushed wedding date is because she’s pregnant (they refer to the upcoming wedding as ), but I have  a different theory. Traditionally, the time between Passover and Shavuot is a period of semi-mourning. The period is known […]

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