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Do you refrain from walking under ladders? What happens when you see a black cat? Do you panic if you spill salt? Though they are not logical, they are habits that are hard to break. Here are the origins of some of my favorite Jewish superstitions.
Noah and the Flood
Most of us can recall the story of Noah and the Flood from our childhood. There are more pieces to this tale than building an ark, surviving a flood, and seeing a rainbow at the end.
Customs of Shemini Etzeret
The reading of the book of Ecclesiastes and the addition of Tefilat HaGeshem are two common customs connected with Shemini Atzeret.
Mitzvot of Sukkot
There are three mitzvot connected to the holiday of Sukkot: rejoicing, dwelling, and the gathering of the species.
Jonah and the Whale
On Yom Kippur, we read the tale of Jonah and the whale. The lessons go beyond the child-written themes of the story most of us remember.
Engaging Children and Teens in Jewish Learning
Jewish learning is a life long process, and I have some ideas on how to engage your children and teenagers.
The Binding of Isaac
On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Torah portion we read tells of the binding of Isaac. I asked my eleven-year old son to help me decipher its message.
Finding the Right Jewish Preschool
Finding the right preschool for your child can be a daunting task. Here are some things you'll want to consider.
Introspection in Elul
The month of Elul is a time of self-examination and reflection. Here are some suggestions to make it a month of introspection.
The Month of Elul
The month of Elul is the month preceding Rosh Hashanah, and there is much to do. It is time to begin our High Holiday contemplation.
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