Digital Judaism: Is This The Way?

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In the eighth episode of The Mandalorian, we learn that being Mandalorian is not a race but a creed. It is a way of life defined by the values one holds, the rules one follows, and the lens through which one derives meaning in life. Watching the episode, I was struck by how the concept […]

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Two Brachot for the COVID-19 Pandemic

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I have had the great zechut (privilege) and mazal (good fortune) these past four months to facilitate several dozen dialogues, seminars and digital book clubs related to my new volume Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology (with Dr. Brian Amkraut, Hamilton Press, 2019 ), a companion website textmejudaism.com, and a two and a […]

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A Pastoral Letter From The Minnesota Rabbinical Association

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Dear Members of the Minnesota Jewish Community, We are called upon daily to act with compassionate conviction, to mobilize people of faith to respond to the eternal question, what can I do to serve my neighbor? The Minnesota Rabbinical Association speaks out as the moral and religious voice of the Jewish community, and we invite you to be […]

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Resources For A Socially-Distant Jewish Life

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While so much of our lives is being canceled because of coronavirus, religion is one that moves on. Fortunately, we have the technology and a LOT of synagogues are embracing some sort of tech for daily minyaim, Shabbat services, nightly storytimes, Torah study, cooking demos, and a plethora of other resources.  Below is a list […]

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Feeling Blue

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Log into any social media platform right now, and you will see a wide variety of traditional and postmodern Hamentaschen! Sure poppyseed and prune filling make an appearance, as well as my lifelong favorite apricot. But what really stands out are the rainbow-colored and filled Purim treats featuring food dye, sprinkles, and even colorful vegetables. […]

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Felt Like Making Hamentaschen

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Purim’s almost here, so poppyseeds, apricot jam and even prunes are filling kitchens, as Hamentaschen baking is in full swing. Hamantaschen are the traditional fruit or poppyseed filled triangular cookies eaten on Purim. An item up for discussion is whether the name for these treats alludes to the holiday’s villain Haman’s ears, hat or pockets, […]

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Let’s Make a Shidduch (Passover Style)!

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It’s the rare occasion you can get directions to a Minnesotan’s house! TC Jewfolk brings you a matchmaking service to help you find a Passover Seder in your area—or find guests to host. If you don’t see (or have a hard time filling in) the form below, click here! Loading…

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11 Reasons Purim Is The Perfect Vegan Holiday

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There are many connections between veganism and the Jewish festival of Purim: According to the Talmud, Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, was a vegetarian, one step away from being a vegan,  while she lived in the palace of King Achashverus. She was thus able to avoid violating the kosher dietary laws while […]

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