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The Contemporary Jewish Healing Movement

Jewish "healing" is more about providing communal support than about curing the sick.

Do Jews Believe in Satan?

In Jewish texts, the devil is sometimes an adversary and sometimes an embodiment of evil.

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Martyrdom in Judaism

The notion of what constitutes a Jewish martyr has changed significantly since ancient times.

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In this Torah portion, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro, about the miracle of the exodus. Jethro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Jethro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order not to tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the bottom of Mount Sinai. After three days, the mountain fills with smoke, and God delivers the Ten Commandments to His people.

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Parashat Yitro

Exodus 18:1 - 20:23

Isaiah 6:1 - 7:6; 9:5 - 9:6

Parashat Yitro: On Leadership and Family

In a Torah portion long understood to be a lesson in leadership, we are led to believe Moses all but ignored those closest to him.

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Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.

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Starting the day with gratefulness opens the heart to the blessing of wonder.

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An easy, baked egg dish with spinach and cheese.

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