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Adar & the Jewish Leap Year

The Jewish calendar is based on two principles. It is both a lunar calendar, based on the time it takes for the moon to go around the earth, and a solar calendar, based on the time it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun. We lear...

Posted on 31 January 2019, By Rabbi Chaim Weiner
Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

What does our tradition say about mental illness? The short answer is ‘not much’. And what it does say is often unhelpful, sometimes cruel. Take suicide, for example. Suicide is the leading cause of death among men under 50. Yet in a...

Posted on 10 January 2019, By Masorti Judaism
About Time

The calendar that hangs in my parents’ kitchen counts time according to two different measures. The Gregorian (secular) calendar sits alongside the Hebrew calendar. It’s how I know that this Shabbat is the 21st of Tevet. I checked thi...

Posted on 3 January 2019, By Amos Schonfield