Shira Telushkin is a student at Harvard Divinity School, studying early Christianity and monasticism.
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Weaving a New Tallis out of Old Traditions

I used threads of family history to create a prayer shawl for the future

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Help! My Students Believe Some Very Hurtful Stereotypes About Jews

This week on Thou Shalt: Anti-Semitic jokes, zealous barbers, and a colleague with a Nazi problem

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Help! I’m Dreading an Awkward Shiva Call

This week on Thou Shalt: Gathering the courage to pay a shiva call to someone you don’t really know that well, talking crabs and kashrut with your non-observant boyfriend, and figuring out how to toast your Orthodox friend at his wedding

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Help! My Co-Worker Won’t Buy My Chametz

This week in Thou Shalt: Incurious office mates, menacing minyans, and the mysteries of Jewish time

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Help! There Won’t Be Any Kids at My Seder, But I Still Want to Rock Out to ‘Mah Nishtana’

This week in Thou Shalt: Kosher-for-Passover Russian delicacies, kid-free musical celebrations, and the mystery of the Christian Seders

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Help! My Christian Friend Wants to Come to Shul with Me, and I Don’t Think He’ll Like It

This week in Thou Shalt: Ecumenical jitters, looks-based biases, and a dash of good, old-fashioned guilt

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Help! My Mother Insists I Have a Kosher Wedding

This week on Thou Shalt, our intrepid advice column: A catering conundrum, a newcomer’s dilemma, and some big-time superstition

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Help! I Can’t Handle All Those Surprise Shabbos Guests

This week on Thou Shalt, our new advice column: inter-marriage blues, crowded tables, and the shanda of shellfish

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Help! I’m a Jewish Leftie, and I’m in Love with an Orthodox Guy

Introducing Thou Shalt, our new advice column

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The Squirrel Hill Diaspora 

Jewish Pittsburghers living around the world struggle to process the synagogue attack while far from the city they love

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Their Bloods Cry Out From the Ground

The team tasked with the ritual preparation of the bodies of the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre lean on thousands of years of Jewish martyrdom

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The Vanishing Ivy League Jew

Campus Week: Jewish populations are falling at schools like Harvard and Yale. Should we care?

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Why ‘Downton Abbey’ Was the Frummest Show on Television

The show’s universe is a world where rules matter, just like my Orthodox upbringing

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The Jews You’ve Never Heard Of

In the Bay Area, Karaite Jews struggle to build a future in America

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Challah and the Men Who Bake It

A Jewish women’s ritual gets its guy on

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I Forgive You, I Forgive You Not

What happens when Yom Kippur stops being formulaic and starts getting real?

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Shabbat Is a Day of Rest—But Does That Mean I Can’t Text My Friends?

Some Modern Orthodox teens observe ‘half-Shabbat,’ using cell phones in private. How widespread is the trend? Is it a crisis?

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Man of Steel: How a Kosher Slaughterer Turned Knife-Making Into an Art

Rabbi Moshe Yurman is one of just three men in America making ritual knives for shochtim. You can guess what’s in his basement.

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