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Na’aseh v’Nishmah | נעשה ונשמע | We Will Do, and We Will Understand | Shabbat Shalom, 4 Sivan, 5782, שבת שלום

Na’aseh v’Nishmah | נעשה ונשמע | We Will Do, and We Will Understand Tomorrow evening, we will usher in the holiday of Shavuot on which we celebrate God’s gift of Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, following the harrowing exodus from Egypt. Though already a “people,” we, upon receiving the law and committing … Continued

JCC Camps: Sowing and Harvesting for the Jewish Community

By Dr. Andi Meiseles When I was an overnight camp director, I lived my life in weeks. Sometimes they were announced in a public countdown followed, of course, by the obligatory exclamation point: New, one-week mini session! Four weeks left for early bird registration! Two weeks until opening day! As summer approached, weeks remained the … Continued

Festival Times

Last week the Jewish world celebrated Shavuot, Chag Matan Torah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the receiving of the Torah highlights recent changes in Israel’s pluralistic climate. We see more and more ways that we can break the glass ceiling through Jewish studies, making them open and accessible to all. After a rich, decadent meal of … Continued

The Torah as a Way of Life

Just two days ago, the Jewish world celebrated Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, the holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  It is noteworthy that the holiday is called Hag Matan Torateinu, the time of the giving of the Torah, rather than the time of the receiving of the Torah. The … Continued