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My Friend Tova: A Ma’ayanot Student’s Story

If I told you that my friend FaceTimes me when she’s bored and fills me in on her day, you might think she’s like any other phone-loving teenager. If I said she has super-trendy glasses and bangs I wish I could sport myself, you might assume she’s interested in fashion. If I explained that we see each other

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The Far Horizon

Bo 5781

Rabbi Sacks, zt’’l, had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekly essays, so that people all around the world can keep on learning and finding inspiration

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Rav Ovadia Yosef Rejects Megilla Reading on Zoom

Modern authorities have vigorously debated whether a sound heard through a microphone, hearing aid (which functions much like a microphone), or telephone shares the status of the original sound. This issue impacts the fulfillment of numerous mitzvot, such as listening to the blowing of a shofar or to Torah and Megilla readings, by hearing

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Words of Comfort

Parshat Bo

The navi Yirmiyahu was an older contemporary of the navi Yechezkel. Although the time of their activities overlap, Yirmiyahu prophesied in Yerushalayim to the Jewish community of Judea. He served God by delivering warning after warning to the sinful nation and by cautioning the people of

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Words of Comfort

Parshat Bo

The navi Yirmiyahu was an older contemporary of the navi Yechezkel. Although the time of their activities overlap, Yirmiyahu prophesied in Yerushalayim to the Jewish community of Judea. He served God by delivering warning after warning to the sinful nation and by cautioning the people of

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The Meaning of ‘Erev Rav’ (Shemot 12:38)

When the Israelites left Egypt, Shemot 12:38 tells us that an “erev rav” also went with them. One of the meanings of the root ערב is “mix,” so a common translation here (following the King James version) is “mixed multitude.”

Can we say anything more about them? Let us review some

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Broadening the Path: Continuing The Work of Rabbi Steinsaltz, z”l

Since the passing of Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael (Steinsaltz), z”l this past summer, his students residing in Israel and in the United States have been working on realizing his vision of Let My People Know through the Shalhevet program.

The Shalhevet program is a virtual chevruta Torah study program,

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A Window Into the Past, Looking Towards the Future: A Tribute to Rabbi William Millen, zt”l

Usually we only get to know gedolim once they have clearly established themselves as being in a category of their own. I knew of the greatness of Rav Aaron Lichtenstein, zt”l. But what was he like when he was a teenager? What were his years studying at Harvard like? Through a brief encounter with Rabbi William

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Students to Enter The CIJE (Shark) Tank

(Courtesy of CIJE) Ambitions ring high as yeshiva high school students take the stage at CIJE Tank with the hope of taking their capstone innovation to market. The capstone project is the culmination of an in-depth engineering curriculum that CIJE helps facilitate in Jewish day schools. Modeled after “Shark Tank,” the event is

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Last week, on January 11, 2021, I received my first vaccine dose. On the first day of phase 1b, as an education worker, I, together with other “essential workers” and residents over 75, was approved to receive my shot. After frantically searching all weekend, and actually rescheduling four appointments as more slots opened up, I was

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Pharaoh Unmasked

As a museum educator, I am fascinated by the opportunities to explore Parshat Shmot through the lens of ancient artifacts. Over the many years that I have worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I have had the opportunity both to study the Ancient Egyptian collection and learn from many expert curators and archeologists.

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The Lone Liberal on the Block?

Since the campaign leading up to the 2016 election, my neighbors and friends from school discovered something they found horrifying about me.

“You’re a lib?! You write for Huffington Post?! That’s disgusting! I’m unfriending you!” one acquaintance wrote on my Facebook page shortly after Trump

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