Author Archives: Aliyah bat Stam

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av begins tonight at sundown. Often, when I think about Jewish observance, it is in terms of process theology, or the notion of Jews changing God, or even God changing God’s self. Other times, I consider Jewish practice in … Continue reading

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For those of you fasting, hope it is an easy one

 ‘Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast in like manner; and so will I … Continue reading

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For those unable to attend a Megillah reading.

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The Book of Esther and the Enuma Elish

It has often been suggested — and by often, I mean every single Pagan I have ever talked to has mentioned it, and half of the Jews who knew anything about Judaism have said it to me, personally, at least … Continue reading

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According to Shas…

In medieval France and Germany, women did wear tefillin. Rabbenu Tam, Rashi’s grandson, ruled that a woman doing any mitzvah that she is not obligated to, including tefillin, must make the appropriate blessing.

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Celebrate!

“Celebrate your heritage, not because you belong to the Torah, but because the Torah belongs to you.”

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The New Moon: A Time for God to Atone

I want to open my discussion about Rosh Chodesh with a passage from Tractate Chullin 60b. Rabbi Shim’on ben Pazi pitted one against another: “God made the two big lights” (Genesis 1:16a) and “the big light… and the small light” … Continue reading

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