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Joshua Breitzer

Doron Medalie and Stav Berger:  Toy

Doron Medalie and Stav Berger: Toy

On the third day of Sukkot, Jews welcome the spirits of Jacob and his first wife Leah, the "baby momma" for most of his children and older sister of his true love Rachel (who visits us tomorrow). Rabbinic and scholarly commentaries across the centuries are rife with...

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Alicia Keys:  Fallin’

Alicia Keys: Fallin’

Isaac and Rebekah, the ushpizin (sacred ancestral spirits) Jews welcome on the second day of Sukkot, are notorious for the all-too human dimensions of their relationship. The Torah describes Rebekah atop a camel, beautifully dressed, on her way to meet Isaac for the...

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Jacob Rappaport:  Eilu D’varim

Jacob Rappaport: Eilu D’varim

This week, Jewish communities all over the world are exhaling, having made it to the end of the High Holiday season. Today begins Sukkot, an eight-day festival filling a number of purposes: the Biblical account of surviving 40 years in the wilderness; the bounty of...

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Carrie Newcomer:  If Not Now

Carrie Newcomer: If Not Now

One of my resolutions this year is to think more about the "other"—the other person, the other point of view, the other side of the world. As you might imagine, Judaism has a lot to say about it. The great rabbi Hillel, who lived in the earliest days of the Common...

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Eviatar Banai:  Abba (Dad)

Eviatar Banai: Abba (Dad)

At the risk of sounding hackneyed, I think becoming a father has made me a better person in every way. It has also given me new insight into all the father figures I've known, and, especially at this time of year—to use appropriate prayer book parlance—into the notion...

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