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Illegal Immigration and the Book of Ruth

Shavuot offers an important lesson for politics today.

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Rothschild’s Luck; or, A Tale of Two Patrons

Newly translated fiction—a timeless fable about wealth and humility—from the Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon, in time for Shavuot

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The Chaplain and the Survivors

After Buchenwald was liberated, my father, Rabbi Herschel Schacter, led survivors in a moving prayer service

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Toil and Text: The Twin Gifts of Shavuot

Spending a summer working on a farm got me in touch with nature—and Torah. Now I understand how the two are intertwined.

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On Shavuot, the Book of Ruth Offers Doctors a Prescription for Compassion

Medical professionals could learn a lot from the biblical character, whose kindness initiated a chain of merciful acts

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Searching for Myself at Jerusalem’s Hippie Yeshiva

I didn’t fit in among the scruffy rock musicians and young women in shawls and drapey skirts, but my Shavuot visit changed me

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My Arranged Marriage—to the Torah

On Shavuot, as Jews commemorate our marriage to God at Sinai, I look back on the commitment I made as a young man

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In Praise of Dairy Restaurants

A visit to B&H Restaurant on Second Avenue brings back memories of milchig establishments of yore

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Finding Solace in the Jewish Calendar After Our Daughter’s Accident

Her recovery paralleled the holidays, from Purim to Passover to Shavuot

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The Unofficial Mourner

I thought Jewish law left no role for me to grieve when my fiancé’s brother died. Now, I finally can.

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A Life of Dairy and Davening

Bill Berman is an anomaly among South Florida’s dairymen, few of whom start their day putting on tefillin

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Inheritance

First as cattle dealers and now as dairy farmers, the author’s family has long been defined by their cows. A trip back to their Bavarian homeland revealed this legacy to be more unusual—and fraught—than she’d ever imagined.

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Flower Shop Owner Traces Her Passion to Time Spent With Her Grandfather, Marc Chagall

As the owner of a Manhattan store, Fleurs Bella, Bella Meyer is creating her own art with blossoms as her medium

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On Shavuot, Finding Myself at Sinai. Again.

A convert to Judaism discusses why the sleepless, all-night study sessions make this her favorite holiday

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