WATCH: Rabbi Aaron Weininger Speaks At Gov. Walz’s Press Conference

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On Saturday afternoon, Adath Jeshurun Congregation Rabbi Aaron Weininger, co-chair of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association, was one of the many faith leaders that spoke at Gov. Tim Walz’s press conference to discuss the protests and riots in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. The video is courtesy of MPR News.

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Aleinu. It Is On Us.

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George Floyd was murdered under the knees of a police officer, along with three accomplices. In many faith traditions, knees are used to bend in reverence to holiness. Reverend Ted Tollefson inspired my sisters and me to write this piece from the Jewish perspective as we head into the festival of Shavuot.  Aleinu. It is […]

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Community Coming Together For Zoom Shavuot

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Just as Zoom became an integral part of the Passover seder and the weekly Friday and Saturday services, Shavuot – which begins Thursday night, May 28 – is also joining Judaism’s digital revolution. And much of the Twin Cities Jewish community is getting together to make it happen. “Alone Together at Sinai: A Community-Wide Tikkun […]

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Leaving Yesterday Behind in Search of Tomorrow

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Lag BaOmer (the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer) would be at the top of my list of little-known Jewish holidays. When I refer to holidays like Chanukah or Yom Kippur, people frequently understand the reference. When I mention the Counting of the Omer, there is much less familiarity. The Torah charges the […]

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Reflecting On A Holiday Different From All Others

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A few weeks ago, punning off of the surreal nature of celebrating Passover during a pandemic, author and playwright Max Sparber tweeted, “Seder leader: Why is tonight different from all other nights? Me: Holy f—k, where to start?” Indeed. Separated from the family and friends they would normally join to retell the biblical story of […]

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‘B-List Seder’ To Raise Money In Coronavirus Fight

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Last Saturday night, a bunch of A-list celebrities – some Jewish, some not – helped raise millions of dollars for the CDC Foundation with the Saturday Night Seder. Lea Kalisch watched and not only wondered why she wasn’t part of the livestreamed event – she said “I could do this myself.” So, with the help […]

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Next Year In…

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One thing is for certain: next year will not be like this year, just as this year is not like last year.

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Virus Turning Jewish Rituals Upside Down

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Services, classes, and meetings transitioned online with relative ease — often into the multiple screens of Zoom or the live video feature of Facebook. But essential Jewish rituals have not had it so easy.

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