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How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

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Bat Mitzvahs Get Too Glitzy

Women fought for a ceremony to mark a Jewish girl’s passage into womanhood. Now the ritual’s meaning is often lost amid flashy parties and clothes.

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An Unmarried Woman

Alone among the Bible’s heroes, the prophet Devorah, my namesake and the hero of this week’s haftorah, didn’t need a man to make her complete. But what can a modern single woman learn from her?

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Defending Wiesenthal, not healing the world, and more

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Cruel to Be Kind

A haftorah of consolations and expectations

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Toy Soldiers

A haftorah of breaking down and sobering up

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Drowning in Numbers

A haftorah of counting down and living it up

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Etgar Keret airborne, singing Yiddish, and more

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By the Book

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Torah

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Breaking Passover in style, the ‘linkage’ problem, and more

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The Seder sausage-making, and more

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Dead Wrong

A haftorah of rigidity and ritual

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Get Back

A haftorah of remorse and return

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Bull Market

A haftorah of blame and blessings

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Keret puts the phone down, independent minyanim, and more

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Judge Dread

A haftorah of women and war

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Dancers with Russian names, Denise Steen, and more

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The Road Less Traveled

A weekly haftorah of repression and regeneration

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Slay Ride

A haftorah of monarchy and madness

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A Serious Marriage

A haftorah of contradictions and reconciliation

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A Hanukkah memoir, an important professor dies, and more

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On Fire

A haftorah of miracles and memory

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New Yiddish theater, an old synagogue, and the week’s haftorah

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The Children Are the Future

A haftorah of singing praise and raising kids

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God Reports, We Decide

A haftorah of making worlds and taking sides