‘Hamilton’ Star Daveed Diggs Drops Family-Friendly Hanukkah Rap

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How many ways are there to rhyme with Hanukkah? If you’re Daveed Diggs, the Tony Award-Winning co-star of Hamilton, there are plenty. Diggs’ Puppy For Hanukkah song and video dropped just in time for Hanukkah to start next week. It’s a fun journey to find out if the kids in the video get what they […]

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Jewish Geography & Road Trip Rites Of Passage

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A universal code exists when taking a road trip with members of the tribe (MOT). When I was growing up, my family didn’t feel a city was properly visited unless three rites of travel took place: 1. We shopped at the local mall; 2. We ate lunch at a deli; 3. We figured out whether […]

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Looking for Kavanah at Yom Kippur on Zoom

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The concept of kavanah was first introduced to me in a Jewish education class as a translation of ‘intention’ while in prayer. I understood it to be about being moved and being actively part of the experience. I’ve experienced it plenty of times, in a dark booth while running a perfectly timed show. Sometimes it’s […]

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Jew Review: ‘Parenting with Sanity and Joy’

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What was my favorite part of the book: Parenting with Sanity and Joy by Susan G. Groner? I would have to say the bookmark! Probably not what you expected. But by including a bookmark, and a beautiful blue fabric one at that, the author, and publisher, The Collective Book Studio, have acknowledged that a parent […]

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Shir Tikvah Pairing Education With Its Values

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How do you teach hope? It’s a question Shir Tikvah Rabbi Michael Latz said he was asked recently. The answer to that question, in part, is what led the Minneapolis Reform synagogue to reimagine its religious school and create the Jewish Academy for Moral Imagination, its new educational experience for children, families, regardless of age, […]

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The Time to Grapple with Complexity is Now

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We invite you to broaden your horizons from the comfort of your own home, to journey across narratives. Take a deep dive into complexity. Join a 21st-century conversation. The vehicle for that conversation is a short, powerful book by Yossi Klein Halevi, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor: With an Extensive Epilogue of Palestinian Responses. The slim volume is a […]

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Who The Folk?! Dante Reminick

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There’s nothing like a global pandemic to start a new business, but Dante Reminick was doing a service: starting Bigs Tutoring. On this week’s Who The Folk?! Podcast, I talk with Dante, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota and an entrepreneur whose most recent business is aiming to help parents who are not made […]

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