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Does Going to Synagogue Make You Healthier?

A lesson in correlation and causation

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The Sistine Chapel of the Jews Is Restored to Life in Jerusalem

Yaakov Stark died penniless and unknown. His murals at the Ades Synagogue are a masterpiece of early Zionist art.

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Polish Synagogue Will Become Jewish Museum

17th-century structure in town of Leczna was restored after World War II

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Four Killed in Terrorist Attack on Jerusalem Synagogue

American-born yeshiva head Rabbi Mosheh Twersky among the victims

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Becoming an Unaffiliated Jew: Why I Left My Synagogue

There were a lot of little reasons I was unhappy. But ultimately, I realized I didn’t need to belong to a temple to feel Jewish.

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High Schoolers Vandalize Tunisian Synagogue

Prayer books and shawls littered the ground in third such incident in four years

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A Congregation Can Be Like a Family—for Better, and for Worse

I pray with angry, damaged, and difficult men. I stay because they’re like my brothers. And because sometimes they change.

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The Invisible Synagogue: Facing Jewish History—and My Own—in Croatia

In her memoir ‘The Pat Boone Fan Club,’ Sue William Silverman recalls where she and her Christian boyfriend went their separate ways

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Finding Comfort in Synagogue—But Only When I’m on the Road

Overseas, I sought out ways to connect to the community, but when I came home, my old sense of alienation would quickly return

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Learning Judaism as a Native Language Requires More Than Synagogue Once a Year

Becoming fluent in your own religious tradition is like playing an instrument or a sport: It takes time, dedication, and practice.

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High Holiday Services Are Boring. Here’s How We Can Fix Them.

Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.

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An Atheist’s Synagogue Search

In a congregation that didn’t focus on God, I discovered the value of reciting prayers I don’t believe

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Parents, Mind Your Manners

It’s hard to teach kids etiquette when adults behave badly. So put down your smartphone and pay attention.

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Make Some Noise in Synagogue

Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?

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A Motley Minyan

They’re frustrating, and sometimes broken, but the men in my shul make services divine

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Toyota Crashes Into Synagogue

Queens man blames brakes; yeah, that must be it

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Memory Blocks

A deteriorating New Haven synagogue inspired an art exhibit

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Sundown: Shop ’n’ Pray

Perennial prize-winners, fear of Christ, and Gibson’s luck

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Hope for High Holiday Slackers

A new website locates free services

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Today’s Sorry

He knows he shouldn’t make jokes about shul

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Daybreak: A Pointless U.N. Meeting?

Obama plans a photo op, Russian inmates get sanctuary, and more in the news

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How to Atone Like a Child

On Yom Kippur, kids will be kids

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Sundown: The Loneliest Congregant

‘Six Feet Under’ is in, day school’s out, and kashrut’s on the rise

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The iPhone’s Synagogue Locator

Where is the closest Temple Beth El?

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Sundown: Fourth of Jewly?

Holy fireworks, non-revelations about God, and Eruv 2.0

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Sundown: Bringing Home the Bacon

Creative hate crimes, Madonna goes wailing, and Ben Stiller as secret weapon

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Sundown: The Florida Files

Emerging communities, reverse discrimination, and the loneliest graduation

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On the Shekhina’s Wings

A new collection offers four centuries of women’s spiritual literature

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Temple Seeker

Thomas Roma photographs Brooklyn’s synagogues past and present

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Digging for Decalogues

Murray Zimiles explores the links between Torah arks and carousel horses

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