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O My America: Eight Themes for Khanike Gelt

by Lawrence Bush KHANIKE GELT — SMALL GIFTS OF MONEY — HAS ROOTS IN DAYS OF JEWISH POVERTY when children rarely had a penny of their own. It was also a means of paying kheyder teachers and helping them get around the halakhic injunction against profiting from the teaching of Torah. In contemporary times of […]

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A High Holiday Journey for the Heart and Soul

Marcia Falk Continues to Transform Jewish Liturgy by Rabbi Reba Carmel Discussed in this essay: The Days Between: Blessings, Poems and Directions of the Heart for the High Holiday Season, by Marcia Falk. Brandeis University, HBI Series on Jewish Women, 214, 260 pages. IN THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD (Brakhot 7a), Rabbi Yohanan, in the name of […]

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April 12: Democratizing Torah Study

Nechama Leibowitz, an Orthodox Litvak woman who democratized Torah study in Israel in the 1940s by mailing out stencils of questions on the weekly Torah portion to anyone who requested them, collecting people’s responses, and returning them with her comments and insights, died at 91 on this date in 1997. Leibowitz, sister to Israeli philosopher […]

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The Hungry Hagode

The Whole Megile, in Verse by Lawrence Bush A FAMILY DINNER? What’s the big deal? Let’s skip all the talking and get to the meal! It’s Passover — why not pass over the chatter? And pass out the matzo balls! Hey! What’s the matter? Sorry! Okay, I’ll be quiet, I promise. I’m listening. Yes, I […]

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