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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Why paper? Which paper?

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hebrica-jewish-papercut-art-papersSome thoughts on, and examples of, fine papers used by Hebrica Jewish Papercut Art.








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If I spoke Chinese, I'd learn Hebrew.

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hebrew language resourcesIf I spoke another language that was entirely different than Hebrew or English, with a different alphabet, grammar and syntax, and I had to choose to learn one of those two, Hebrew would be easier. Sure, sure, you say. But from scratch, learning Hebrew would be easier than learning English. In over 10 years of studying and teaching biblical Hebrew, I have been amazed at what an orderly language it is. English is, on the other hand, having been cobbled together from many languages, is a bit of a mess. Hebrew is rather straightforward: there are rules for everything, and it almost aways follows the rules. Read more...

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