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Vigilante Violence in This Week’s Torah Portion

Reading the biblical story of Phinehas in light of recent events in Israel

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A Baby’s Journey Back to Health

When my newborn daughter became gravely ill, I found strength in the first Torah portion I ever chanted

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Joseph, the Original DREAMer

How my bar mitzvah portion taught me about immigration and Jewish values—27 years after I first read it

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A Declaration of Dependence

Americans celebrate independence, but dependence can also be essential, especially in difficult times

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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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Mad as Hell

A Torah portion of cries, spies, and revolutions on the rise

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Morey Hid a Lethal Loom

Every 13-year-old who faces the Torah has a tough code to crack. For parents, the code may be even tougher.