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Ahava - Love - is in the Air!

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what does ahava mean in hebrewHow many times have you wracked your brain for a wedding gift that would be unique and would convey your love and best wishes for the couple?

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Creative Kavod: Honoring Service with Art

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kol yisrael aravim zeh b'zeh detailWhen Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles wanted to honor its executive director, Sheryl Goldman, for 20 years of service, they knew they wanted somethiing unique,, with a strong connection to the synagogue, that reflected the commitment and service of the exec. Read more...

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An Orange on the Seder Plate

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Probably lots of us have been to a "women's seder;" I've always been leery of gender-divided activities (how would women feel about a men's seder?). Often, there will be an orange on the seder plate, owing to an apochryphal but persistent story. Read more...

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Lashon Kodesh - Hebrew Language Resources

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learn to read hebrewHebrew is the key that unlocks so many doors in Judaism: Torah, talmud, prayer, and art! Here are some resources we've found for studying Hebrew; almost all are free. Read more...

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Going out to get Shabbat.

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One of the loveliest traditions in all of Judaism is the mystical greeting of the Shabbat as you would a bride. Kabbalists would get all dressed up and go out to the edge of town and sing "L'cha Dodi," come my beloved. In synagogue L'Cha Dodi is part of the kabbalat shabbat, the greeting of the Sabbath, warm-up to the main part of the Friday night service. Melodies and video; read on...

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