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George Washington’s Letter to Newport

Washington promises no sanction to bigotry, and no assistance to persecution.

Jewish Immigration to America: Three Waves

Sephardic, German, and Eastern European immigrants each contributed to the formation of American Jewry.

Louis Brandeis, First Jewish Supreme Court Justice

Brandeis was also the first high court nominee subject to public hearings.

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For Argument’s Sake

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Zionism in Ukraine

How and why Ukraine was arguably the most important cradle for early Zionists.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the red heifer. Miriam, who is the sister of Moses and Aaron, dies. Moses hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it. At the end of the portion, Aaron dies.

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HAFTARAH FOR CHUKAT

Parashat Chukat

Numbers 19:1 - 22:1

Judges 11:1 - 11:33

The Call of the Void

The famed red heifer is a key part of a biblical purification process. But why do we need laws to create a system of purity and impurity in the first place?

Videos

Israel’s Vibrant Jewish Ethnic Mix

Just because Israel is a Jewish country doesn't mean all its Jews are the same.

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Why does the mezuzah go on a diagonal?

Harry Houdini

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One-Bowl Sour Cherry Cake Recipe

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Savory Za’atar Challah

The addition of Middle Eastern spices gives this challah a subtle flavor that is perfect with a savory meal.

Hanukkah 2022

In 2022, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 18 and lasts until sundown on Monday, Dec. 26.

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