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Robin Heinz Bratslavsky

Jews and Animals: A Long and Complicated Relationship

When Hannah Elzer was planning her bat mitzvah at the Reform Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita, there was no question that her theme would ...
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Prepping for Forgiveness

Confession isn’t only for Catholics. Sure, Jews don’t go into a booth to divulge our trespasses to a member of the clergy, but as we ...
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What Is Sacred?

One day your children may come home from Hebrew school with a stack of completed worksheets. Or maybe you will find that siddur you received ...
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Redeeming the Firstborn

When most Jewish parents welcome a baby boy into the family, they arrange for a brit milah (ritual circumcision). This mitzvah officially ...
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Pulling a Jewish All-Nighter

Shavuot just might be the Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays. Historically speaking, Shavuot — the day commemorating the Israelites’ ...
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