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Building Community in the Desert

From Bamidbar to Burning Man The Jewish people wandered in the desert for 40 years, transforming from a ragtag group of freed slaves into a cohesive nation. So it’s not surprising that a dynamic, creative [...]
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The More The Merrier: Your Guide to Planning Big Shabbat Dinners

You love hosting Shabbat, clearly. You’ve been thinking you want to host a BASS (Big A** Splashy Shabbat)! Maybe you want to share it with your people, the folks you love and the folks you [...]
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What Dreams Are Made Of

What Dreams Are Made Of - Kislev (Jacob's Story) By: Dr. C Tova Markenson As the nights expand and the days contract in the Northern Hemisphere, the Hebrew month of Kislev is upon us. Kislev [...]
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Mizrahi Heritage Month x Shabbat: giveaways + discounts + resources!

November is Mizrahi Heritage Month, a time dedicated to elevating and celebrating the cultures, heritages, and traditions of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. No matter your background, whether you want to connect [...]
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Gratitude After the Meal: Mindful Eating Practices

Create a sense of gratitude at your Shabbat dinner table with Birkat Ha’mazon. By: Dr. C Tova Markenson After the Meal Blessings: Mindful Eating Practices If you bring to mind the best meal that you’ve had [...]
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Shabbat Shuvah: The Potential for Transformation

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read Tova’s thoughts about Shabbat Shuvah, a special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A refrain of [...]
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Going Full Circle: Challah Rituals

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova’s experiences with challah on Shabbat with some special twists for the new year [...]
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A Splash of Ritual: Handwashing on Shabbat

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova’s experiences with the handwashing ritual on Shabbat. I do not have an especially [...]
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Making Kiddush: Why, When, Where, and How

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova's experiences with blessing the wine. In Jewish tradition, time for rest is required. [...]
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Contemplative Candle Lighting

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova's experiences with lighting Shabbat candles. Candle lighting is a simple act with so [...]
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