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According to a 2014 survey from the Pew Forum, 70.6 percent of the American population identifies as some type of Christian or Catholic. Of the remaining 29.4 percent, 1.9 percent identify as Jewish. That means that for every 100 random people in a … more
As an American and a Jew, I am outraged and insulted that someone would tell me what party not to vote for as a result of a single issue. There are many issues for which Republicans have either voted no or not allowed a vote to take place. Where … more
On June 7, Providence Hebrew Day School (PHDS) held its annual Amudim dinner. The program was bittersweet, as it opened with a memorial tribute to Tichyeh Schochet. In the commemorative video, students, teachers and friends spoke of her tremendous … more
“Hiddur mitzvah” is defined as taking an ordinary object used for ritual or worship, and beautifying it, thereby creating something more than utilitarian. For example, one can make Kiddush with a drinking glass; but to create instead an ornate … more
BY  LOS ANGELES (JTA) – In the weeks before Hanukkah, with anticipation of the holiday brightly filling my mind, the darkening news of rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. began to … more
(Kveller via JTA) – If your Passover Seder is anything like mine, it can resemble the world’s most difficult classroom: different ages, ranging from 3 to 93, and varying levels of … more
In the world of artifacts, there is a philosophical divide: should they be preserved in the state in which they were found or should they be repaired and restored? If you’ve ever been to … more
I’ve been swimming, competing, lollygagging and generally enjoying the water for 55 years. Having played sports from soccer and football to track and cycling, the environment I love best is … more
Dear Erin and Susan,   My mother has lived in her home for more than 40 years.  She is finally onboard with downsizing. After years of memory-making and accumulating, she is … more
BY LARRY KESSLER The Bar Mitzvah has evolved in 53 years, but the more it’s changed – and it has, big time – the more it’s stayed the same. Back in those ancient … more
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