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The Heart Repair of Hanukkah: Blessing Each Other’s Light

Compared to many other Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is relatively simple. Sure, there are many lovely customs — latkes, dreidels, sufganiyot, gelt, and the like — but the essential practice of the festival is lighting the menorah each night. And, just … Continue reading

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The Responsibilities of Privilege

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about luck. It all started this past summer, when my friend Nadya invited me to her naturalization ceremony. Now, I’d never been to such a ceremony before. But I assumed it would be a … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound

Consider this: on any given night in the city of Philadelphia, approximately 4,000 people are homeless, sleeping in shelters or on the streets.  Thousands more live in transitional housing or sub-standard/unfit living conditions. Nearly a quarter of the homeless population is children. True, … Continue reading

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