Rabbi Zimmerman on Passover as a Powerful Pedagogic Experience

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When Passover approaches, I often reflect on the ways that the ancient and communal ritual of the seder is also very personal. For me, the essence of Passover has been […]

Who The Folk?! Julie Dean

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Julie Dean’s passion for Mussar – the thousand-year-old Jewish tradition centered on character traits – led her to start Twin Cities Mussar, an organization that is devoted to facilitating groups […]

So You Think You Know the Story of the Megillah?

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Why do children dress up and adults hide their identity behind masks on Purim? Because concealment and secrecy play a pivotal role in the story. Things — and people — […]

How To Help My Child Read Torah When My Skills Are Lacking?

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Got a question? Fill out this form to submit your anonymous question to be answered in a future column. Dear Miriam,  My 11-year-old is very interested in learning how to […]

Frame Our Lives With Light, Rabbi Zimmerman Says

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Chanukah, we often say, is the festival of light. From Minnesota to Jerusalem, menorahs shine brightly on cold December nights. And especially this year, we link ourselves to all Jews […]

Where To Get Sufganiyot In Time For Hanukkah?

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With Hanukkah just around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about where you can purchase sufganiyot for the holiday. Sufganiyot (the Hebrew word for “donuts”) are a […]

The Science of Religion: Observations from a Jewish Astrophysicist

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If you go camping in the Southern California desert, outdoorsy experts will tell you to bring heavy blankets and check your shoes for scorpions. But while you’re preparing for tent […]

Teshuvah and The Environment

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As we engage during the High Holidays in the process of teshuvah/repentance or change, we mostly focus on how we have hurt other people and how we want to be […]

Trying to Attain Perfection In An Imperfect World

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“The place that those who do teshuvah can attain; — those who are completely righteous can never attain. Be-makom she-ba’alei teshuvah omdin ein tzadikkim gemurim ye-kholin l’amode.“ (Tractate Berakhot 34b) […]

Who By Water and Who By Fire

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Look around you on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur as the powerful, frightening piyyut (liturgical poem) of UnetaneTokef is sung during the Musaf prayer. This awe-inspiring section depicts how we […]