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The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking
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The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking

By On June 2, 2016

Benny Rothman could climb any mountain. And he risked his life fighting for our rights to do the same. Rothman was born to a poor British family in 1911 and became an… Read More

The 85-Year-Old Avant-Garde Eco-Feminist Artist From Orthodox Brooklyn
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The 85-Year-Old Avant-Garde Eco-Feminist Artist From Orthodox Brooklyn

By On March 18, 2016

  Helène Aylon’s work is counted among the permanent collections of the Whitney, MoMA, and elsewhere. Still, it’s likely her name isn’t a familiar one. Aylon — born Helene Greenfield in 1931 to… Read More

the blessing on trees
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The Blessing on Trees

By On April 10, 2012

Jews are a little obsessed with blessings. We’ve already told you about some weird ones, such as the blessing to say upon seeing strange-looking animals, and also some new and surprising blessings, like the blessing for donating… Read More

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Honi, the Rainmaker

By On February 8, 2012

The Talmudic fable of Honi the Circle-Maker isn’t the only lesson on environmentalism from traditional Jewish sources, but it’s an especially fascinating–and especially strange–story. Honi, a first-century miracle-worker, had a foolproof way for making rain:… Read More

A Tale of Two Adams
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A Tale of Two Adams

By On October 14, 2011

Not everyone knows this, but the first two chapters of Genesis tell two different stories about the creation of humanity. In his theological masterpiece Lonely Man of Faith, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik constructs two ideal human types… Read More

on the seventh day chill
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On the Seventh Day, Chill.

By On March 1, 2011

We’re accustomed to being wired. We’re reachable 24/7. We work more than full-time for our full-time jobs, and we IM and text our friends instead of just stopping by their houses to… Read More

the mustical side of trees
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The Mystical Side of Trees

By On January 19, 2011

Tu Bishvat is the New Year of the Trees, a holiday with roots (pardon the pun) dating as far back as the Talmud. But, unlike Passover or Purim or Sukkot, there’s no prescribed way to observe… Read More

holy pigging out
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Holy Pigging Out

By On January 13, 2011

Can the physical act of eating be a spiritual experience? Judaism offers different blessings as a way of sanctifying all sorts of things, from the food we eat to…well, going to the bathroom afterwards. Why is… Read More

its all about the fruit
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It’s All About the Fruit

By On September 8, 2010

There’s a boy named Todd who’s a little bit sweet and a little bit snarky. There’s a deity named God who likes to pay him a visit every once in a while.… Read More

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