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Yvette Alt Miller, Ph.D., is a mother and adjunct professor of political science living in Chicago. She is the author of Angels at the Table: A Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat (Continuum, 2011).
It was at that moment—when she described something as “silly” instead of using a term that was a little saltier—that it struck me. My new friend never swore.
“I hate meat!” he wailed. Soon, his sister and younger brother were crying hysterically, too. “We don’t like meat! We won’t eat meat!” they wailed. Picture a room full of crying kids all under the age of 8, and you’ll get the picture.
I learned that Judaism has beautiful traditions that comfort and aide us when we’re in pain, and also when we experience joy. I saw up close that it’s possible to live a Jewish life.
Now that he’s facing many health problems, so much of what seemed to make my dad unique is gone.
Jewish life is filled with so many joyous moments. Here are 10 instances that I relish: time when Jewish tradition and ritual help transform an ordinary instant into something truly special and memorable. 1. Lighting Shabbat Candles If there’s such a thin...
In many ways, we represent the pinnacle of what it means to be a spiritual being.
Before I’d ever visited a mikvah, I had a lot of misconceptions about this key Jewish commandment. The whole idea seemed like a relic from another era.
To be Jewish is to understand that there is much to do, that time is fleeting, and that each day affords us the priceless gift of life.
Challah is the rich braided bread that adorns Shabbat tables in Jewish homes the world over. Here are 11 interesting tidbits you might not know about this essential, delicious traditional bread: 1. Biblical Origins The word challah in the Torah first occu...
Judaism offers prayers to say for every occasion. But a few prayers said by women offer a distinct path to communicate with the Divine.
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