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Articles by MJL

From Pastor’s Daughter to Rabbi

Raised in the Lutheran church in Pennsylvania, Heidi Hoover embraced Judaism -- and then the rabbinate.

FREE STUFF ALERT: HotMat giving away 5 foldable Shabbat hotplates

The new foldable Shabbat hotplate from HotMat offers an aesthetically pleasing and practical update to an essential Shabbat gadget. Almost ...

Why We Say Birkat Hamazon

This series of blessings recited after meals is about much more than just food.

5 Must Have Gadgets for Shabbat-Observant Jews

From a foldable hot plate to a Shabbat light bulb, these devices help make the Sabbath easier for observant Jews.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Shavuot

Why some synagogues use paper-cuts as decorations, how Israelis celebrate with water, and other lesser-known facts about this springtime holiday.

8 Jewish Prayers You’ve Never Heard Of

Most Jewish prayers are recited at regular intervals or on specific occasions, but a few are said in circumstances that are anything but routine.

Top 10 Pop Culture Jewish Prayer Moments

From Gene Wilder to Larry David, we round up our favorite examples of Jewish prayers in film and TV.

Seeding New Jewish Rituals on an Organic Farm

Oliver Levis and his family take a DIY approach to crafting their own unique Jewish community in rural Vermont.

Jewish Surfing Pro Finds Purpose After Tragedy

Shaun Tomson was one of the best professional surfers in the world, but switched gears after the sudden death of his son.

Making Kosher Wine On His Own

Benyamin Cantz runs a tiny kosher winery on three acres in the mountains outside Santa Cruz.