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  • How to make Torah study a family habit

    NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 16 (JTA) – Experts say it takes 21 days to make a habit. Do something – run, write in a journal, make a to-do list – repeatedly and consistently every day for three weeks and that action will become yours. We are what we repeatedly do, Aristotle taught us. Speak of Torah…

  • Sukkot, Simchat Torah and the cycle of life

    NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 16 (JTA) – As we move out of the High Holiday season, we move into another series of holidays that is at once both cyclical and linear. At the beginning of the New Jewish Year we celebrate Sukkot, thereby completing the third in a series of pilgrimage festivals. Sukkot marks the final…

  • Tu B’Shevat: The Enduring Hope of Spring

    Even after four years of living in New England I am still awed by the dramatic change of seasons and stunned by the harsh winter climate. I suppose it is something to which I will never completely adjust. Growing up in California, the Jewish New Year for the Trees-Tu B’Shevat -which falls every year during…