Evaluating Our Own Pharaohs

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Today on the train, there was a homeless man. He stepped onto the train and announced his name and made a brief speech asking anyone had any food, water, or money. At first, everyone was polite but didn’t offer anything besides a small “sorry” or “nothing on me”. Eventually, he started circling the train car […]

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Matzah Vs. Jellybeans

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I grew up in a traditional conservative Jewish home. Both my parents are Jewish. I was raised Jewish. I observed all the Jewish holidays, went to Sunday School and Hebrew school and went to my grandparents for all the traditional Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, and Passover. My family attended services regularly […]

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Behind The Scenes Of Beth El’s Tu B’Shevat Seder

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What does it take to put on a one-of-a-kind event for a less-than-well-known holiday? Or asking top local chefs to step outside of their comfort zones to cook in a style that they aren’t used to? That’s what happens each winter at Beth El Synagogue for the annual Tu B’Shevat Seder. This year’s event was […]

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Refresh Your Tu B’shvat With These Recipes

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With a dusting of fresh snow on the ground and single-digit temperatures, it’s hard to believe that spring is around the corner. Yet in Israel – it truly is. As we prepare to celebrate Earth, spring and renewal for Tu B’shvat on Jan. 21, how about we refresh our old recipes as well? Instead of […]

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Service In Store For MLK Day At TTSP

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While most schools have the day off Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Talmud Torah St. Paul is once again staying open to continue its tradition of using the day to teach about MLK. “We always include the community and we’ve always had people come who aren’t Jewish but want to be involved in social justice […]

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Kvetching Korner: (Ch)Han(n)uk(k)a(h)

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Every year, I try to learn something new about the Jewish holidays, something outside of my Hebrew school classroom – this year I learned that there are 16 different ways to spell Hanukkah. Sixteen different ways to spell a holiday that lasts eight wonderful nights, but gets significantly less excitement and celebration than Christmas, which […]

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8 Hanukkah Movie Ideas for Hallmark

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Before I begin, let the record show that I had the idea for this article BEFORE Hallmark announced they were going to make Hanukkah movies! That being said, If Hallmark wants to get in contact with me after this article comes out to flesh out some of the ideas, I’m 100% down #callme. Christmas movies. […]

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