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Shabbat and Meditation: Just Be It

How mindfulness can deepen your Shabbat experience — and vice versa

Tu Bishvat 2023

In 2023, the "birthday of the trees" begins at sundown on Sunday, Feb. 5 and ends at sundown on Monday, Feb. 6.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Tu Bishvat

Lesser-known facts about the Jewish “Earth Day.”

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Coming Down to Earth

Instead of looking up to the heavens for holiness, what if instead we looked to the earth beneath our feet?

Abortion and Judaism

The Jewish position on abortion is nuanced, neither condoning it nor categorically prohibiting it.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind about freeing the Israelites and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians enter, God closes the waters, and the Egyptians drown. Miriam leads all the Israelite women in song and dance to celebrate. Soon after, the Israelites begin to complain about life in the desert. God provides quail and manna to feed them. The Israelites battle the Amalekites and win.

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Parashat Beshalach

Exodus 13:17 - 17:16

Judges 4:4 - 5:31

Parashat Beshalach: Sustaining Creation Through Song

Why the creation of the Jewish nation in Parashat Beshalach was marked by singing praises to God.

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How to Have Someone Buried in Israel

What to do if you or a loved one wants a final resting place in an Israeli cemetery.

Tu Bishvat, the Jewish ‘Birthday’ of the Trees

A minor festival seemingly tailor-made for today's Jewish environmentalists.

The 10 Best Yiddish Words You’ve Never Heard Of

These Yiddish terms aren't widely known, but they're a lot of fun to use.

Recipes

Egyptian Golden Potato Soup Recipe

A comforting Shabbat soup from the Egyptian Jewish community.

The Ultimate Babka for Tu Bishvat

A one-of-a-kind dessert featuring all seven species.

Moroccan Braised Chicken with Dried Fruit for Tu Bishvat

A sweet and savory chicken recipe for the holiday of the trees.

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