Being Jewish

All About Rosh Hashanah


With the High Holidays quickly approaching, we always like a quick refresher on what these celebrations are all about. If you’re anything like us, the information you *may* have gained during your Sunday School years is not always at the ...

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Who the Folk?! | Keren Kroul


Minneapolis-based painter, Keren Kroul, talks about how her memories of growing up in Israel and South America influence her Jewish identity and her artwork. Sounds interesting, right? It is. You grew up in Mexico, Israel and Costa Rica. How did you end ...

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Party Thanksgivukkah Style on Wednesday Night


Thanksgivukkah. By now we all know how about this rare and historic convergence. We all celebrate Hanukkah. We all celebrate Thanksgiving. As the phenomenon of Thanksgivukkah touches every American Jew, it makes sense that not only Jewish media but much ...

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The New (Old) Dilemma of the Modern Jew

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To use Tevye’s method of dissecting a problem, on the one hand, Judaism is an ancient religion. We, as Jews, define ourselves by our ability to act within a unified community where our practices bind us to each other and God. By bending Judaism to the aesthetics of a modern world, it loses its identity and ceases to be the community-defining force it has traditionally been.

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The UnOfficial Mourner


We all mourn in different ways and for all different types of people. Our tradition does not limit our ability to mourn, rather encourages us all to find ways to deal with death, how we need to deal with death. And for each of us and with each loss, we do not need an agenda or reason to cry. We should not need to explain ourselves. Mourning is as controllable as the death itself and all are deserving of the time to heal.

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The Blessings and Curses of Instant Communication


Our constant access to the world through our new technologies has its costs. You know your life is different today than it was only a few years ago: 1) if you have a list of 20 phone numbers to reach five people; 2) if you struggle to stay in touch with any family members who do not have an email address; 3) if you use your phone to call your family to dinner and the text comes back, “what’s for dinner?” 4) if your feeling of accomplishment is measured in emails deleted; 5) if you are waiting in line at the grocery store and are impatient because you left your smartphone in the car; 6) if you wake up at 2am to go to the bathroom and check your E-mail on your way back to bed.

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