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Converting to Judaism Doesn’t Have to be So Hard

Jewish communities around the world celebrated the festival of Shavuot over the weekend, commemorating the Jewish people receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. During this holiday, it is customary to chant from the biblical Book of Ruth, at least in … Continue reading

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Illumin8: 7th Night – Spiritual But Not Religious?

  Hanukkah, unlike many other Jewish holidays, is basically a one-note song. The one ritual required, aside from a few changes to the liturgy, is lighting candles. Sure, many of us exchange gifts, eat deep-fried treats and gamble chocolate coins … Continue reading

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Illumin8: 2nd Night – The Dignity of Difference

The Hanukkah story begins with the Greek ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes’ campaign to ensure all his subjects – including the Jews in the Land of Israel – shared the same culture and religion. Antiochus wanted to build a great Greek empire of … Continue reading

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Assimilation is Good for Jews

The Pew Research Center’s recently released “Portrait of Jewish Americans” set off alarm bells in the Jewish world over “assimilation.” The study implied that Jews are becoming less Jewish, that Judaism itself is becoming diluted by outside, secular culture, and that we … Continue reading

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