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Praying in Hebrew, why ? BY RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER

Sometimes not understanding the words can actually enhance the experience of prayer.
Praying in Hebrew, reciting words that are familiar but untranslatable, helps reinforce the sense of prayer’s being an emotional-aesthetic experience rather than a rational-intellectual one. A friend of mine suggests that the Hebrew words function as a kind of mantra. They provide our rational side with something to keep it busy so that the non-rational part of us, usually repressed and kept in check by (...)

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Julius Lester, Jewish African-American has died

Julius Lester, Jewish African-American has died

His family announced his death, which came after a brief hospitalization, on his Facebook page Thursday. He was 79. An award-winning author of 43 books and articles in The New York Times and the Village Voice, he taught Judaic and Near Eastern (...)

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Parashat Bo, Exodus 10:1 - 13:16

 Parashat Bo, Exodus 10:1 - 13:16

Kinshasa : 17:58-18:50, Libreville : 18:17-19:08, Abuja : 18:12-19:04, Lagos : 18:33-19:24, Ebonyi : 18:14-19:05, Rivers : 18:22-19:13, Enugu : 18:19-19:07, Abia : 18:18-19:09, Delta : 18:24-19:15, Anambra : 18:18-19:10, Imo : 18:19-19:10, (...)

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Judaism and Racism. By Rabbi Motzen

Judaism and Racism. By Rabbi Motzen

Racism and Judaism is an important topic and therefore one that I would like to address honestly. Now, of course you should expect all topics that I discuss to be addressed honestly, but after perusing the world wide web, I think it’s safe to say (...)

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-Parshah: Va’eira (Exodus 6:2–9:35)

-Parshah: Va'eira (Exodus 6:2–9:35)

Kinshasa : 17:57-18:48, Abuja : 18:09-19:01, Lagos : 18:30-19:21, Ebonyi : 18:11-19:03, Rivers : 18:19-19:10, Enugu : 18:13-19:05, Abia : (...)

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Beit Shemesh Mayor Tells Chareidi Extremists To Get Out Of City

Beit Shemesh Mayor Tells Chareidi Extremists To Get Out Of City

Beit Shemesh Mayor Tells Chareidi Extremists To Get Out Of City After Attack Against IDF Soldier Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul responded to (...)

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