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The Jewish Egyptian Revival The Jewish Egyptian Revival
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Diana Muir Appelbaum | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Passover marks the day on which God liberated the Israelites from Pharaoh’s rule.   But three millennia after the Exodus, emancipated Jews expressed their national identity by building synagogues in the Pharaonic style.
Toldot: Scenes from a Marriage
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Torah Talk with Michael Carasik | Jewish Ideas Daily » Weekly Portions

This week, Isaac prays "on behalf of" his wife—but that's not what the Hebrew really means. (Click here for source sheet.) Download | Duration: 00:10:45
Whose Akedah Was It, Anyhow? Whose Akedah Was It, Anyhow?
Friday, October 26, 2012 by Moshe Sokolow | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Today, October 26, 2012, the world’s Muslims will celebrate `Id al-Adha, commemorating Abraham’s willingness to demonstrate his love of God by sacrificing his son.  While most Muslims assume that the son Abraham intended to sacrifice was Ishmael, this was not the unanimous opinion of early Muslims and Qur’anic scholars.
“I, and Not an Angel” “I, and Not an Angel”
Thursday, September 20, 2012 by Shlomo M. Brody | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"Warning: The Following Prayer May Be Dangerous to Your Spiritual Health.  Recite with Caution."  When was the last time you saw this kind of warning in a prayer book? Yet in most Ashkenazic S’lihot prayer books, that is the message that actually accompanies one of the hymns.
Return to Fulda Return to Fulda
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by Kenneth R. Weinstein | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Once my son Harry’s bar mitzvah teacher told him he was ready to read Torah and Haftarah fluently anywhere in the world, Harry decided that after his bar mitzvah in Washington, D.C. he would have a second bar mitzvah in Fulda, Germany.
Do Jews Curse Christians? Do Jews Curse Christians?
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Allan Nadler | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The patristic authority Jerome complained bitterly about the Jews’ condemnation of notsrim (believers in Jesus, “the Nazarite”), in the benediction of the daily Amidah known as Birkat ha-Minim: "three times a day in all their synagogues they anathemize the Christian name."
Desperately Seeking S’lihot Desperately Seeking S’lihot
Friday, September 23, 2011 by Allan Nadler | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

There was a time, not so very long ago, when the Saturday night preceding Rosh Hashanah was the rough equivalent of the season's opening at the Met for opera enthusiasts.
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The Underside of Uman Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA. Every Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Hasidim make a pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav in Uman, Ukraine—and many end up in the hospital.
Shanah Tovah from the Muslim Brotherhood Lee Smith, Tablet. Egypt has denied entry to the rabbi who normally conducts High Holiday services for Alexandria’s Jewish community. For the first time in 2,300 years, there is no minyan.
Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul Emily Katz, H-Net. Jonathan Boyarin’s book on a summer spent as part of the minyan at the historic synagogue is about Judaism, Jewishness, the changing Lower East Side—and Boyarin himself.
Water of Life Yonatan Neril, Torah Musings. Far from the abundant water supplies of the Tigris, the Euphrates, and the Nile, Israel’s reliance on rainfall is designed to remind us that all our needs depend on divine providence.