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Lieba Rudolph and her husband Zev joined the ranks of Chabad twenty-nine years, nine children, and too many burnt dinners ago. She chronicles her journey in a blog, ponderingjew.org.

ARTICLES BY: Lieba Rudolph


November 3, 2016 4:16 am
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Noah, Technology and the Coming of the Messiah

I was talking with a rabbi recently, and told him that the world had hit a new low. He quickly reminded me that Cain slew...

October 11, 2016 6:00 am
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Jewish Burial: The Best Kept Religious Secret

Last year, a friend told me about Chevra Kadisha -- the Jewish burial society. I had known that such an organization existed, but I thought, "Who actually wants to join this club?"...

September 19, 2016 12:44 pm
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We Must Embrace the Idea of the Messiah

As a mother, I learned that just because you don't get paid doesn't mean you don't work hard. I also learned that even without pay, you...

September 9, 2016 3:59 am
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Making the Messiah a Reality

"The whipped cream will be a few minutes. Is that okay?" "Sure," I smiled. Being patient can be challenging for me, but I didn't mind this...

September 5, 2016 6:37 am
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Being Religious About Shabbat Means Connecting With God

Many people today sneer at keeping Shabbat. To them, Shabbat observance smacks of everything that's wrong with religion. As someone who started keeping the sabbath so my...

August 29, 2016 6:19 am
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What’s With the Wig?

A friend once asked me whether a certain activity was permitted on Shabbat. She’d heard that it wasn't -- because she enjoyed it. How did...

August 12, 2016 3:28 am
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Why People Hate God, and Why They’re Wrong

My late father insisted that religion was bad for the world, because it caused so many wars. I tried for years to convince him otherwise (unsuccessfully, of course),...

August 1, 2016 3:49 am
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Rebuilding the Third Temple

If you're looking for the mothership of Jewish guilt, it can be found in our responsibility to rebuild the Third Temple -- Beit Hamikdash. Our sages say...

July 8, 2016 2:08 am
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Becoming Orthodox and Kicking the Clothes-Shopping Habit

When I tell my daughter-in-law, Devorah, who has only known me for five years, that I used to love shopping, she finds it hard to...

July 4, 2016 6:12 am
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Sorting Through My Parents’ Memories and Mementos

I'm learning a lot in the process of reassigning my deceased parents' material legacy -- in other words, figuring out what do with over 50 years...

June 15, 2016 7:09 am
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Leaving the Fold and Returning to It: Two Tales of Adjustment

I did something recently that I said I wasn't going to do anymore: I read an online essay by a woman who left the "ultra-Orthodox"...

June 7, 2016 8:15 am
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Remembering a Stunning, Brave Girl — and a Light of Hope

“Is it me, or is it always either really hot or really cold here?” my husband asked as we walked through Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. There...

May 30, 2016 6:13 am
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The Truth About the Mikvah

If there is one mitzvah in Jewish life around which misconceptions swirl, it is ritual immersion in a bath as the mikvah. The canard is that mikvahs are...

May 20, 2016 1:22 am
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A Commencement Message and a Call to Judaism

Your birth was your defining moment -- yet you didn't ask to be born at all, much less to the family you were born into. You didn't...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

CAIR Official Calls on US Government to Investigate American Jews Who Join ...

A top official at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said last month that the US government’s Countering Violent Extremism...

Israel

South African Government Mocked for Calling on Israel to Withdraw From Gaza...

The South African government became a laughing stock on Twitter on Thursday after it called on Israel to withdraw from...

Middle East

State Media: Syrian Air Defense Intercepts Missile Attack on Airport

Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs city had come under missile attack which was repelled by its air defense systems on Thursday. "One of our military airports in...

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