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Things Are Not Always As They Seem

Each of us is the main character in the story of our lives. We share ourselves with others by telling ...

Owning My Identities

Since I was a little kid growing up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, I’ve always known that I was somehow different ...

Focusing on the “Philo” in Philo-Semitism

Last week, Kveller, a partner site of MyJewishLearning, published a provocative piece about one woman’s experience being Jewish in the ...

How Jewish Camping Got Me To Move To Mississippi

My family and friends back home were baffled when I announced that, upon graduating from college, I would be moving ...

Young Jews: Every Voice Matters

“For they (the teachings) are our life source, and what lengthen our days, and so we meditate on them day ...

Sharing Jewish Journeys: A Simple & Sweet Shavuot Program

Two years ago at the ISJL Education Conference, there was a wonderful program about diversity and inclusion in our Jewish ...

Shavuot & Social Justice

As we are approach the end of the Counting of the Omer, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot, I’m ...

A Southern Jewish Woman’s Story from 1879 Asks Questions Still Lingering Today

I recently came across a short story titled Miss Magdalena Peanuts, published in the Atlantic Monthly in September, 1879. It ...

The Mezuzah & The Magnolia

The door to my apartment is pretty distinct: It just might be the only one in this city that welcomes ...

Claiming Our Spiritual Ancestry

In the year 2000, I was still a newly-minted Jew, having completed my conversion in March of 1999. As Passover ...

He Lived Long, Prospered… And Spoke Yiddish

Like so many others, I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Leonard Nimoy last week. One of my ...