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It’s Snark Week

One of the most important ways of understanding the Bible is to remember the saying of the Rabbis: דיברה תורה כלשון בני אדם The Torah speaks in the language of mankind. That is, the text is purposely presented in a way that we can relate to. So it should come as no surprise that as ...

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B-B-B-Bad to the Bone?

You gotta hand it to those ancient rabbis--they sure knew how to tackle classroom management. In fact, we read about their nuanced understanding of effective pedagogical techniques each year at the Passover Seder. Forget everything you thought you knew about education. The rabbis had it all figured out: there are simply four kinds of learners--the ...

That awkward moment…

Over the years, my colleagues and I are constantly asked the question, "Why did you become a cantor?" The best response I ever heard was "So I could have awkward conversations with the person sitting next to me on the plane." It's something that I never envisioned, but whenever I'm a guest at an event, ...

Jewish Mythbusters

We need a Snopes for Jewish life. You know, some kind of site where people can enter "facts" that they know about Judaism to see if they're true. (Maybe we could call it Shnapps.) While we're waiting for such a site to get launched, I'm happy to provide this installment of Jewish Mythbusters--persistent Jewish urban ...

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