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Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Land of Israel

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Believe it or not, chocolate chip cookies were one of the things that made me realize that a Jew’s true place is in Israel. When I started to learn about Judaism in Hollywood, someone...
The online Torah lesson organized by Yeshivat HaKotel. Photo: Yeshivat HaKotel.

More than 100,000 viewers worldwide tune in to online Torah event

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More than 100,000 viewers worldwide tuned into a series of online lessons hosted this week by Yeshivat HaKotel, a major religious Zionist hesder yeshivah located across from the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Dubbed the “Jewish...

My Life-Changing Encounter with an Elder Kabbalist

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Sunday of this week, the fifth day of the Hebrew month of Av, marked the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yitzhak Luria Ashkenazi, the holy Arizal, who is universally considered the father of modern Kabbalah. The...

Corona and Rabbi Akiva

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Is the COVID-19 Epidemic all bad? The legendary Jewish Sage of old, Rabbi Akiva, teaches us that even in the Coronavirus we can discover some good.  Interestingly, for the first forty years of his...
Rabbi Norman Lamm in the classroom. Credit: Yeshiva University.

Longtime Yeshiva University president Norman Lamm sought to unify in divisive reality

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It was a brave speech at the 1969 Ideological Seminary in Kiljava, Finland. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, then a prominent rabbi, theologian, professor and writer, in the Modern Orthodox world, was dissecting Neturei Karta,...
Iran's Chief Rabbi Yehuda Gerami speaks on Iranian national television on June 21, 2020. Source: Screenshot.

Iran’s chief rabbi: Israeli government doesn’t care about Judaism

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The chief rabbi of Iran’s Jewish community, Yehuda Gerami, criticized the Israeli government on Sunday, denying any connection between Judaism and Zionism and claiming there was “total freedom of religion” in Iran. In a Hebrew-language...

Jews come in all colors, but they shouldn’t be defined by race alone

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For those who follow it, Jewish demography has always been a contact sport. But when it comes to the question of how many “Jews of color” are there really in the United States, the...
Tel Arad in the eastern Negev Desert, where there's a fortress constructed by the kingdom of Judah around the eighth century BCE. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Holy smokes! Ancient Israelites burned cannabis, according to researchers

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As part of getting spiritually high, ancient Israelites apparently burned cannabis on altars during rituals, the first proof of a mind-altering substance being used to attract worshippers, according to a study published on May 28 in...

Shavues

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שבֿועות זענען די נשמות פֿון אַלע גרים אויך געשטאַנען בײַם באַרג סיני פֿון יואל מאַטוועיעוו ווען דער אייבערשטער האָט זיך אַנטפּלעקט פֿאַר ייִדן, זענען זיי אינעם גײַסטיקן זינען געבוירן געוואָרן פֿון ס׳נײַ. ווי מע פּראַוועט שבֿועות אין...

Return to Eden

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Dear Reader — if you are looking to be happy, creative, in harmony with God and with the universe, the Torah has the answer — Return to the Source. When we speak about Returning to...