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December 18, 2017 | ‎ל׳ בכסלו ה׳תשע״ח‎

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The Menorah: Reconnecting with a Secular Friend

כ״ז בכסלו ה׳תשע״ח (December 15, 2017) |

I sat and waited for her in her house on Mt. Olympus, Los Angeles, of all places, with her Great Dane drooling on my lap. It was Chanukah and we were both home on vacation.

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How I Discovered My Diamond Within

י״א בכסלו ה׳תשע״ח (November 29, 2017) |

Our souls, our neshamot, come into this world like unpurified diamonds, sullied and covered in layers of soot that hide the beautiful, pure light underneath it.

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I am a Proud Jew, Even if the Israeli Rabbinate Doesn’t Recognize My Judaism

י׳ בכסלו ה׳תשע״ח (November 28, 2017) |

Since I grew up with a fairly average Jewish life in Minnesota, I never realized that I might be different.

Like any proud Jewish family, our home was centered on Judaism and Zionism. It was a kosher home. We went to synagogue every Shabbat. I was active in our JCC and spent summers at Jewish camps.

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I Changed My Life Path and Returned to Israel

כ״ה במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (November 14, 2017) |

This time last year, I was 22 and finishing up my post-college entry-level job at CBS News. I had my near future planned out and was well on my way to becoming a TV news producer. I was going to get married around 27 (the man didn’t exist) and live out the fast-paced, no-sleep city life, and probably move out to the suburbs once the dream husband and I had kids.

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The One Who Chose: My Husband’s Conversion to Judaism

כ״א במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (November 10, 2017) |

My parents never put any restrictions on the guys I could date. When I called my mother a few weeks into my freshman year at Temple University to tell her that I had a boyfriend, she was neither surprised nor concerned to hear he was not Jewish.

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How to Convert to Judaism

י״ח במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (November 7, 2017) |

You’re here because you’re thinking about converting to Judaism.

Maybe you’re dating or engaged to a Jewish partner, and he or she wants you to take on the Jewish traditions. Read More

How Reading Fantasy Novels Helped Me Understand Creation

י׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (October 30, 2017) |

As a child, I was taught a very literal interpretation of how our universe came to be. Every single thing that would ever exist was created in six days. First, there was light, then land and sea, plants, planets, and animals. Read More

The Shabbos Project: Bringing the Day of Rest to Jews Across the World

א׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (October 21, 2017) |

There is a famous saying: “More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.”

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Sexual Harassment is a Sin

ל׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 20, 2017) |

In my head, I’m already calling the last few days “The Week of #metoo.” My social media feeds – and probably yours too – have been filled with women standing up to say that they, like the victims of Harvey Weinstein, have suffered harassment, assault, or rape.

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How I Turned to God When I Opened My Chiropractic Business

כ״ז בתשרי ה׳תשע״ח (October 17, 2017) |

Before I opened my business, I was extremely scared.

I never thought of myself as a business owner, so how in the heck was I supposed to create and run one? It wasn’t in my long-term plan to Read More