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Find your song

As each school year nears its end, I generally find myself in a pretty contemplative head space. It has been a wonderful year at Richmond Jewish Day School, on so many levels.  We are meeting our educational goals and requirements and providing a meaningful educational experience at the same time.  The school has dedicated teachers and staff, and a wonderful group of parent volunteers.  Retention
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The beard as billboard

Out of the 613 mitzvot and innumerable customs and traditions that shape the daily life of the traditional or more observant Jew, a number of them have to do with how we must look (i.e. dress, head wear, hair, etc.).  Wearing a kippa, for example, is supposed to mean that you stand for something greater than yourself, and a recognition that God is above.
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Live long and prosper…

Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock of Star Trek) passed away this morning at the age of 83.  In a New York Times article today on Nimoy/Spock’s cultural impact, Nimoy’s Jewish upbringing was addressed: “His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew
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After Har Nof: A private audience with God

The Amidah, “The Standing Prayer”, also called the Shemoneh Esrei, “The Eighteen (Blessings)”, is often the hardest part of tefillah (prayer) to properly teach and to to actually do in ones own tefillah practice. Composed by the Men of the Great Assembly (the greatest Torah scholars and prophets of the generation) about 2,500 years ago in response to the impact of the First Temple destruction and
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Downtown Eastside Torah

“Yossi ben (son of) Yo’ezer of Ts’raidah and Yossi ben Yochanan of Jerusalem received [the transmission] from them. Yossi ben Yo’ezer used to say: Let your house be a meeting place for the sages, cleave to the dust of their feet, and drink thirstily their words.” Pirkei Avot 1:4 We are approaching the holiday of Shavuot (June 4th and 5th), which marks the giving and
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