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  • On Shavuot, why is that calligraphy singing?

    A new wave of Torah readers is coming online, literally. How do they do it? And shouldn’t you?

  • Make a flag to salute in the Galut

    For Yom Ha’Atzmaut, as an act of re-envisionment, make your own Jewish flag and fly it — it’s your Jewishness waving at you.

  • Elijah’s comin’ — and he’s not goin’

    What if the prophet stops by for the seder but never leaves?

  • Kramer at the seder: Pop culture jazzes Haggadah

    For a different “different” night, introduce books, movies and TV shows that have engaged the popular imagination as a way to connect to the text.

  • Simplifying the Purim parody

    iShpiel saves time and perfects the art of casting the perfect shpiel.

  • Giving Jews some much-needed love on Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day may not be Jewish, but a card with a “yasher koach” would be awfully nice right now for a community rocked by affinity scams, budget meltdowns and protest demonstrations.

  • Backyard bounty for a Tu B’Shevat seder

    In California, who needs a market to celebrate the new year for trees? Assembling the foods for your seder is definitely doable and helps make connections to the mystics and your roots.

  • OP-ED: Welcoming a new day for the stranger

    Perhaps a holiday inspired by the work of Martin Luther King will get Jews to follow the mitzvah most cited in the Torah — the need for awareness of and justice for the stranger.

  • The miracle this recession year: Chanukah thrift shopping

    Jewish thrift shopping provides an opening not only to stretch one’s budget in tough times but to support organizations hard at work repairing our communities.

  • Pass the turkey, B’vakasha!

    With relatives flying in from eretz everywhere, with drama in the kitchen and at the table, and a time to give thanks and say shehechiyanu for being able to celebrate together another year, Thanksgiving surely is as an adopted Jewish day of family gathering.