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Portugal used to be a sunny holiday destination to Adam Perry, a 46-year-old Londoner. But following the United Kingdom’s 2016 vote to leave the European Union, Perry, a Sephardic Jew, applied … more
Every year before Purim, my inbox and social media fill up with dire exhortations from rabbis and yeshivas warning against the dangers of celebratory excess — as if drunkenness on the … more
Purim marks a milestone for the North Shore Hebrew Academy Middle School in Great Neck — the 18th year that eighth-graders and alumni, both Ashkenazic and Sephardic, will chant Megillat Esther … more
Towards the beginning of Parashat Tzav we find a depiction of the general korban mincha (“meal offering”), and a similar personal offering brought by the High Priest, Aharon. Both … more
In 2014, three scholars from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania published an important paper on the science of timing — how temporal landmarks impact on the way we organize … more
The announcement from J Street that it plans to sponsor a free trip this summer for college-age students, to compete with the popular Birthright Israel program, provoked predictable outrage. Many … more
Minnesota Democratic leaders upset at her public anti-Semitic statements are working to recruit candidates to run against Rep. Ilhan Omar in next year’s primary election. The Hill … more
On April 26, 1948, General Sir Alan Cunningham, the British High Commissioner for Palestine, wrote to Arthur Creech-Jones, the colonial secretary, about the mass flight of Palestine’s … more
The second verse of our parasha presents the commandment to offer a korban olah, a completely burnt offering, in the Mishkan and later the Beit Hamikdash: “Command (tzav) Aaron and his … more
There are certain phrases or expressions that many of us find hard to say. “I love you” is one of them. Another such phrase is “thank you.” Although these words are … more
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