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Exploring Lecha Dodi, Part 4: Verse #2 – Likrat Shabbat

Other entries in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 5 | Part 6 Having explored the Refrain and Verse 1, we move on now to Verse 2 of Lecha Dodi. לקראת שבת לכו ונלכה … Continue reading

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Exploring Lecha Dodi, Part 3: Verse #1 – Shamor V’Zachor

Other entries in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 We left off last week with two questions related to the end of Verse 1: 1) We seem to state that … Continue reading

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Exploring Lecha Dodi, Part 2: Verse #1 – Shamor V’Zachor

Other entries in this series: Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Last week we discussed the refrain of Lecha Dodi. Now we will move on Verse #1. “שמור” ו”זכור” בדבור אחד השמיענו … Continue reading

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Exploring Lecha Dodi, Part 1: The Refrain

Other entries in this series: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 With some time off this summer, I thought I would take some time each Friday to explore one of our best-known … Continue reading

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A Thought at 30

10:00 pm. I stand at a fork in the road: my “Hebrew birthday,” as the kids call it, began two hours ago; my “English birthday” begins in two hours. A fine moment for reflection, as much for the poignancy of … Continue reading

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Seeing is Believing. What About Hearing?

Here’s one you may not have thought of before (at least I hadn’t): Why do we make a Beracha in the morning over being able to see (“Pokeiach Ivrim”), but not over being able to hear? (Or smell?) “Mashmiah Charashim” … Continue reading

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Shelo Asani … Forgetful?

Today was time once again for one of my favorite annual classroom rituals – watching the shift in my students’ expressions as I offer my approach to Shelo Asani Isha: the boys’ from confident to indignant; the girls ever more … Continue reading

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