This Is How I Want To Die

Why would a rabbi discuss his own death in a Yom Kippur sermon? Jack Moline wanted to make his end-of-life wishes clear —  and urged congregants to do the same.

Who Needs Halloween When We've Got Shabbat?

Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. Should we open the door to trick-or-treaters? Or should we be spooked about joining the celebration?

Kalamazoo Police Thought My Lulav Was a Sword

Why was Mordechai Lightstone harassed by police in Kalamazoo, Michigan? He was shaking a lulav, not ‘brandishing a sword in some sort of ritual’!

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The Rabbinate as Taught to Me by Avi Weiss

After Rabbi Avi Weiss announced his intention to step down from the pulpit, he took rabbinic intern Avram Mlotek on a mystery outing that beautifully conveyed his idea of the ‘real rabbinate.’

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Clothes Help Make Us — From the Fig Leaf to Ralph Lauren

Clothing shapes our identity in ways that can be hard to express, writes Elissa Strauss. Still, even a glance at Jewish history makes clear the importance of what we wear.

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