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L’hitraot, for Now...

After four years of bringing you a new episode nearly every week, this podcast is taking a little break. Listen to this episode to learn more about our hiatus and where to find us in the meantime.

The Antidote to Kvetching

Most of us today aren’t tasked with wandering through the desert, like the ancient Israelites were... but we still find plenty to kvetch about! What if, instead of focusing on small annoyances, we turned to community-building and togetherness? This episode first aired in May 2018.

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The Past is Hard to Leave Behind

The Past is Hard to Leave Behind

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

jstern January 14, 2021

During the pandemic, many of us have turned to our comfort foods as we self-isolate. We bake bread and cookies, make mac and cheese, and cook vats of soup. We long for the past, a seemingly safer time

Reparations: Seeding a Better Future

Reparations: Seeding a Better Future

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Mary Zamore

jstern January 13, 2021
In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Bo, as the soon-to-be freed Israelites prepare to leave Egypt, the Egyptians are struck with the plagues of locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn.

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RJ Blog Social Justice

On Tu BiShvat, Celebrate a Season of Promise for Environmental Action

On Tu BiShvat, Celebrate a Season of Promise for Environmental Action mbendell January 21, 2021

With a shrinking window of opportunity to prevent the worst effects of climate change, Tu BiShvat is an important occasion to make our voices heard and defend the future of the planet.

Jewish Disability Advocacy Month: Creating an Accessible World for All People

Jewish Disability Advocacy Month: Creating an Accessible World for All People kbkaput January 20, 2021

Join us to learn new advocacy strategies and take action to put the needs and rights of people with disabilities squarely on the policy agenda of the administration and the 117th Congress.

RJ Blog Jewish Life

Nationalism Unhinged: Jewish Insight and Wisdom

Nationalism Unhinged: Jewish Insight and Wisdom kbkaput January 19, 2021

In Hebrew, two terms describe two different aspects of nationalism. Leumiut directly translates to “nationalism"; leumanut carries a jingoistic, chauvinistic, supremacist, and extremist brand of nationalism.

This MLK Day, We Celebrate, Reflect Upon, and Act to Advance Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy

This MLK Day, We Celebrate, Reflect Upon, and Act to Advance Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy kbkaput January 11, 2021

This MLK Day, we can honor the legacy of Dr. King and fight back against white supremacy and systemic racism by urging Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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10 Jewish Quotes for the Lessons We Learned in 2020

10 Jewish Quotes for the Lessons We Learned in 2020 kbkaput December 30, 2020

In 2020, we learned the extent to which the fate of every single one of us is in each other’s hands. We are woven together inextricably. We need each other. We depend on each other. We must be here for each other.

How to Write Your Jewish Memoir

How to Write Your Jewish Memoir jstern November 19, 2020

Perhaps you have a Jewish story that you’d like to tell and share with your family or temple community? If so, here are a few suggestions to help you find a way to get your story on paper.

RJ Blog Learning

How a Jewish Preschool Teacher Became a Professional Challah Baker

How a Jewish Preschool Teacher Became a Professional Challah Baker kbkaput January 4, 2021

Meghann Hennen, a Jewish preschool teacher based in Cleveland, OH, discovered challah's incredible impact on her life firsthand when she decided to start her own challah business on Instagram... in the midst of the pandemic.

I Fell Off a Mountain – and Lived to Thank the Man Who Rescued Me

I Fell Off a Mountain – and Lived to Thank the Man Who Rescued Me kbkaput January 4, 2021

During this pandemic, I was determined that my hero receive his medal in person – and I could think of no better location for his medal presentation than the top of the mountain where he rescued me,

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Nationalism Unhinged: Jewish Insight and Wisdom

Nationalism Unhinged: Jewish Insight and Wisdom kbkaput January 19, 2021

In Hebrew, two terms describe two different aspects of nationalism. Leumiut directly translates to “nationalism"; leumanut carries a jingoistic, chauvinistic, supremacist, and extremist brand of nationalism.

There's No Place Like Home: How Israel's Legal Aid Center for Olim is Making an Impact

There's No Place Like Home: How Israel's Legal Aid Center for Olim is Making an Impact kbkaput January 11, 2021

An Israeli man and his wife, stuck abroad in the pandemic, noticed their daughter was showing signs of a neurological disorder, so they decided to return home as soon as possible. But coming home wasn’t so easy.

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