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Editor's Note: Brexit: Yea or Nay?

Dear Friend,

Brexit is big news these days. In case you live with your head under a rock, Brexit is a big referendum on Thursday, when British voters will decide whether to leave the European Union.

While there is lively debate whether it would be wise for the UK to leave the EU, since I am not British I will keep my opinion to myself. However, it seems fairly clear that they would be allowed to back out, should they wish to. It was a union made for economic and political purposes, and a change in circumstance can very well render the union a burden rather than a boon.

And then there are unions that just don’t break up. Like the union of the Jewish people. We can disagree with each other. We can vex each other. We can do everything different from each other. It does not matter. We are one people, united by a common Torah and a common Father in Heaven.

You may like falafel, and the guy down the hall may like gefilte fish. You may go to synagogue twice daily, and the Jew across town many not have stepped foot in one since his bar mitzvah.

We are one people. Forever. No Jewxit for us, and thank G‑d for that!

Menachem Posner,
on behalf of the Editorial Team

Meta-Phor: Exploring Midrash

Biblical exegesis, or the interpretation (Drash) of the Torah, was part of the rabbinic tradition since the earliest literary period. What makes certain interpretations valid and others not? Why is interpretation needed altogether?
Your Questions
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The Kabbalah of the Tallit

The garment surrounds our body; the fringes hang off it. They represent the two aspects of G-d’s being: His true self that is totally beyond our grasp, and the tiny fraction of His being we can experience.
Why Do We Wash Differently in the Morning Than Before a Meal?

In the morning, we alternate. But for bread, we wash each hand three times consecutively. Why the difference?
I Used to Resent Prayer; Now I Embrace it

I did not know how to deal with the loss, and I took it out on the One who was responsible. I turned my back on G‑d.
Coming to Terms with My Special-Needs Sister

Our beautiful princess was changing in front of us, and there was nothing we could do about it.
The Man in the Train Station

Sit down for a moment. I’m about to tell a story, and trust me—you’ll want to be sitting down for this one. So begins the tale of a tortured Jew’s encounter with the enigmatic Man in the Train Station.
Why Did Moshe Buy a Stroller?

There was one prayer that wasn’t answered—the prayer for grandchildren
Seven Branches, Seven Truths

A lesson from the seven-branched menorah: You don’t have to be a carbon copy of somebody else to be a good Jew. The critical issue is, are you kindled?
Please Try Again

You can be physically close, yet detached and distant in attitude—here in body, elsewhere in mind.
Love Your Fellow

Several weeks ago, on Shabbat afternoon, we had a fascinating discussion. How should we respond when we learn through the media that our fellow Jew has behaved improperly or even immorally?
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A condensation of the weekly Torah portion alongside select commentaries culled from the Midrash, Talmud, Chassidic masters, and the broad corpus of Jewish scholarship.
Romaine Pepper Steak Salad

A medley of light summer vegetables topped with slivers of pepper steak. Step-by-step tutorial with photos and directions.
Jewish News
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The historic Garrett Farmhouse, which includes a 20,000-square-foot barn built in 1879, is being purchased by Chabad of Upper Montgomery County in Gaithersburg, Md.
Pioneering Chabad at UPenn Celebrates Building Opening

An expansive new space and ‘place of respite’ for Jewish students.
Oregon Seniors, Students Bond Through Weekly Torah Study

Intergenerational interactions provide life lessons for bar mitzvah-age teens.
Laypeople, Scholars, Innovators at 12-Hour Marathon ‘Teach-In’

‘One to One’ at New York Public Library aims to catalyze individual actions for good.
You have selected the L‑rd this day, to be your G‑d, and to walk in His ways, and to observe His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and to obey Him . . . And G‑d has selected you this day to be His treasured people, as He has promised you . . .
— Deuteronomy 26:17–18