Does Your Seder Plate Tell a Story?

Does Your Seder Plate Tell a Story?
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Amy Reichert, Judaica Designer, wants us to use our menorahs, our kiddush cups, our seder plates for more than simple decorations--she wants them to take each of us on journeys every time we use them in whic... See more

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Hiddur Mitzvah: The Case for Beautiful Ritual Objects | My Jewish Learning

Aesthetically pleasing Judaica enhances holiday celebration. The sources delineate the minimum requirements of the mitzvot [commandments]. A sukkah must have certain dimensions and must be constructed in a particular manner. The cup for Kiddush must be large enough to hold a specified minimum amount of wine.

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Amy Reichert's Art Reinvents Judaica

Calling all Cassandras, those given to gloom and doom about the pliancy of contemporary Jewish life, much less its future. I suggest they make a beeline for Chicago's Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership's new exhibition, "Amy Reichert: Reinventing Judaica," whose display of Jewish ritual objects will go a very long way toward dispelling any sad-sack thoughts the Jewish community's naysayers might harbor.

Legacy of Transcendence

Legacy of Transcendence
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Neshama Carlebach, a musical powerhouse, shares her memories of her father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, as she tells the tale of pain, legacy, and transcendence to "return to where you are born and born aga... See more

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Many Faces--One Community: K'hal Amim

Many Faces--One Community: K
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From the sound of the shofar at Sinai, a people was created out of a mixed multitude. We pray for the "ingathering of peoples," but what does Jewish diversity really entail? Stacey Flint explains.... See more

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Do First, Understand Later | My Jewish Learning

The Jews accepted the Torah with the statement "naaseh v'nishma" -- we will do and we will hear. Judaism is often said to be a religion of deed rather than of intention.

Do First, Understand Later | My Jewish Learning

The Jews accepted the Torah with the statement "naaseh v'nishma" -- we will do and we will hear. Judaism is often said to be a religion of deed rather than of intention.

Do First, Understand Later | My Jewish Learning

The Jews accepted the Torah with the statement "naaseh v'nishma" -- we will do and we will hear. Judaism is often said to be a religion of deed rather than of intention.

Personally Delivered: Making Everyone Count in an Election

Personally Delivered: Making Everyone Count in an Election
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Sam Novey offers a paradigm-shifting way to think about elections and what they mean by using the model of the seder and its mandate to make sure that every single person feels that they were personally deli... See more

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Do First, Understand Later | My Jewish Learning

The Jews accepted the Torah with the statement "naaseh v'nishma" -- we will do and we will hear. Judaism is often said to be a religion of deed rather than of intention.

Do First, Understand Later | My Jewish Learning

The Jews accepted the Torah with the statement "naaseh v'nishma" -- we will do and we will hear. Judaism is often said to be a religion of deed rather than of intention.

Do First, Understand Later | My Jewish Learning

The Jews accepted the Torah with the statement "naaseh v'nishma" -- we will do and we will hear. Judaism is often said to be a religion of deed rather than of intention.

The Overthinker's Dilemma: An Argument Against Why

The Overthinker
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While many famous and not so famous folks would argue that the most important thing you can do for yourself or your business is to find and lead with your why, Rabbi Yakov Danishefsky makes the case for the opp... See more

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...

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Do First, Understand Later | My Jewish Learning

The Jews accepted the Torah with the statement "naaseh v'nishma" -- we will do and we will hear. Judaism is often said to be a religion of deed rather than of intention.

Failing Forward

Failing Forward
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Rabbi Mark Wildes, Founder and Director of the Manhattan Jewish Experience, meets with young people who are regularly struggling with society's idea of failure and what it means for who they are. What if... See more

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Millennials Don't Want To 'Embrace Failure'

Every year, far more new entrepreneurs fail than succeed. But if you aren't one of the lucky few, don't despair: Failure has transformed from a source of shame into a badge of honor. Today's CEOs and thought leaders glorify mistakes as key stepping stones to success-a sentiment that Generation X has taken to a whole new level.

The Key to Success is Failure | My Jewish Learning

"Ever tried, ever failed," Samuel Beckett once wrote. "No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. " (in Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, by Dani Shapiro, p.3) There is an old saying, from the Yiddish that asks how should we define a tzadik?

Is Batman Jewish?

(RNS) This past weekend, many of us lost a piece of our childhood. I am referring to the death of Adam West, whose most famous role was as Batman in the television series that ran from 1966-1968. We loved the show - despite the fact that there was something famously ridiculous and campy about it.

Community IS Everything

Community IS Everything
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Rabbi Ari Moffic is usually giving people a multitude of options to try out Judaism. Here, though, she challenges us with a dynamic new way to understand Jewish community, obligation, and belonging.... See more

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Hybrid Judaism: The Transformation of American Jewish Identity

Who are North American Jews today? How has identity changed or shifted over time? How does this affect our work? By Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D. The Meaning of Identity When asked about their identity, most people respond with the words "I am..." followed by a signifier from a chosen identity category ("Trans," "Jewish," "Feminist," etc.).

What Is An Eruv? | My Jewish Learning

The eruv is a boundary that allows observant Jews to carry needed things in public on Shabbat. Shabbat is a day set apart from all others, differentiating between the sacred ( kodesh) and the mundane ( hol), between the work week and the day designated for rest, family, and spirituality.

The Four Children: A Jewish Framework for Funding

The Four Children: A Jewish Framework for Funding
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There is the Seder Table and the Funding Table. What can the Four Children at the Seder Table teach us about nurturing a philanthropic portfolio that is expansive, inclusive, holistic, and more nimble? Debbie C... See more

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Women Changing the Face of Jewish Philanthropy

By Lisa Eisen Women are front and center during this heated political season. From the first woman presidential nominee to the focus on her opponent's treatment of women to the impassioned words of the First Lady, this presidential election highlights the growing power of women to shape public discourse and the direction of our country.

Philanthropy Through A Gender Lens: Because Giving is an Act of Social Change

By Hamutal Gouri "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." Australian Aboriginal artist and elder, Lilla Watson I learned this quote from some of the young activists participating in a program sponsored by the Dafna Fund.

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Philanthropic Resources - Jewish Funders Network

Oh The Places You'll Go

Oh The Places You
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Leaving our most familiar places can be hard. Especially if you're the parent of the kid who wants to explore. Bradley Solmsen, Executive Director at Surprise Lake Camp, leads us on a journey where we fi... See more

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How Summer Camp Became A Jewish Thing | My Jewish Learning

A history of this iconic institution in American Jewish life. Thirteen-year-old Becky Goldberg's summer was filled with magic: glittering sunshine on sparkling lakes, capsized canoes and children rappelling like spiders down rocky cliffs. By the time her four weeks at Jewish sleep-away camp were over, Goldberg felt like a link in a giant chain.

Eternal Tables: The World to Come

Eternal Tables: The World to Come
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Award-winning educator, Beth Huppin, stumbled once on a text about coffins made of tables. She has spent years trying to understand what this text tells us about the world to come, but, more importantly, wha... See more

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Is There A Jewish Afterlife? | My Jewish Learning

Judaism is famously ambiguous about what happens when we die. What happens after we die? Judaism is famously ambiguous about this matter. The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, and the resurrection of the dead all feature prominently in Jewish tradition, but the logistics of what these things are and how they relate to each other has always been vague.

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