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Jewish Spiritual Masters: Do We Have Them?

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Photo credit: Google images Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Jewish Spiritual Masters: Do We Have Them?
Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram

Guest Lecturer, Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva

Thanksgiving: From Tension to Connection on a Train

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Photo Credit: Barry Bub

Radio Times yesterday offered discussion of a study showing a positive impact on the well-being of commuters who chatted with the strangers sitting nearby.

Text Your Thanksgivukkah Knowledge: Reb Goldie's Dreidel Quiz

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My students ask me, "Rabbi Goldie, just what gives?
Is celebrating Thanksgivukkah really the way a good Jew lives?"

There is only one way I know to decide:
By the dreidel's spin, you'll have to abide.

Here is how it works, you should pardon the mention,
of these Five Thanksgivukkah Academic Spin K'vetch-tions:

Call for story submissions

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The Magic Gourd, A Story for Sukkot

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Happiness is sharing a The Magic Gourd: A Story for Sukkot by Debra Gordon Zaslow from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning. Chag sameach to all!

Life-Affirming Holocaust Painting Draws Attention

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Torah Study in a Sand Box? Discover Torah Holy Play

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This picture I took today at NewCaje; shows Rabbi Michael Shire, Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Boston Hebrew College, telling the story of the Babylonian Exile, in a soft voice, using small items--blue yarn to represent rivers, lines drawn in the sand to represent the temple, small non-gendered identical wooden figures to represent people.

Syncing & Soaring: Loving the Farbrengen Format

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Recently I especially love serving in a Farbrengen format, such as we'll be offering this Sat evening in Montreal. Scientists are increasingly offering substantiation for how the farbrengen approach is healthy for us all, including teens and elders. Here's an example of the most recent research:

Chukkat: A Tale of Witchcraft or the Ancient Psychology of Healing?

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A Tale of Witchcraft or the Ancient Psychology of Healing? My dvar Torah for the World Union of Progressive Judaism on Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

The Great Debate: Is Torah Literal

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Shabbat Walk at Aleph Kallah

Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurcanus and Rabbi Akiva have a debate in the Talmud (B.T. Sukkah 37b) on the question of whether the Torah is literal. They are discussing whether the Israelites were literally provided sukkot for shelter by God or is sukkah a metaphor, a portal to a different dimension of support and awareness. (Exodus 13:20) Perhaps you, too, are a sky gazer like me and antcy when at your desk and indoors for too long?