Get a Head Start

Use the Sh’loshet Yemei Hagbalah, the three days of preparation before Shavuot, to delve into the wisdom of the Sages. Join thousands of Jews worldwide who will be studying Chapter 6 of…

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For Your Jewish Mother

If one were to believe the jokes, Jewish mothers enjoy nothing more than nagging their children to eat, encouraging grown children to get married and bragging about the children’s…

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Behar-Bechukotai 5781-2021

“The Extraordinary Mitzvah of Tzedakah--Charity” (updated and revised from Behar-Bechukotai 5762-2002) by, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald Once again, this week, we read two combined parashiot…

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Transparent Honesty

Be honest in your dealings with all people. To learn more and broaden your ethical horizons, download and print out the fourth chapter of Ethics of the Fathers this afternoon and join…

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Partner Contact Page

Update your contact informationUpdate information for rabbis, Jewish educators and synagogue representatives Welcome NJOP…

Remember to Say Thank You

When enjoying a meal that includes bread, be sure to recite the Birkat Hamazon.

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Time for a Good Crunch

In commemoration of Pesach Sheni, the Second Passover, enjoy some matzah today.

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The Importance of Earth Day

Act responsibly. The designation of a distinct day recognized by many around the world as “Earth Day” is a reminder that we are to act as guardians of this beautiful world that God has…

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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5781-2021

“Shaatnez: Understanding ‘Irrational’ Decrees” (updated and revised from Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5762-2002) by, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald Once again, this week, we have double…

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Study an Ethical Blueprint

Join thousands who will be studying the second chapter of Ethics of our Fathers, an ethical blueprint for Jewish living, this Shabbat. Print out your copy before Shabbat and enjoy a truly…

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Shabbat Across America and Canada

The 26th AnnualShabbat Across America and Canadais March 4, 2022! Are you a…

Celebrate Isru Chag

Take some of the uplifting elements of the Passover experience and enjoy a delicious treat or two today in honor of Isru Chag, the name designated for the day that follows the holiday.

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Tzav 5781-2021

"Understanding Shabbat Hagadol" (updated and revised from Tzav 5762-2002) This week, we read the second parasha of the book of Leviticus, parashat Tzav. Because it immediately precedes…

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Countdown To Freedom

Americans begin preparing for Thanksgiving, days or perhaps a week in advance. But, when it comes to Jews and Passover, much more preparation time is needed. Jewish tradition teaches that…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781-2021

“The Original Jewish Renewal Movement” (Updated and revised from Vayakhel-Pekudei 5762-2002) by, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald This Shabbat, two parashiot, Vayakhel and Pekudei, are read,…

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Sisterhood Power

Carrie Obendorfer (1872-1961) knew the power, joy and motivation of organized women. Her mother founded and led the Cincinnati branch of the National Conference of Jewish Women (NCJW). It…

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The Power of Shabbat

Jewish life ebbs and flows around the celebration of Shabbat. The days of the week are labelled by a count toward Shabbat (Sunday is Yom Rishon, the first day; Monday is Yom Shaynee, the…

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Purim Again

Unique to the Jewish calendar, Purim is actually observed on different days depending on location. The majority of the Jewish people celebrate Purim on the 14th of Adar (today). However,…

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Happy Purim Times Three!

Enjoy and rejoice on this very special day of Purim and consider that those living in Jerusalem will be celebrating Purim Meshulash, the Purim celebration that lasts for three days.

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Maimonides’ Approach to Purim

Consider following directive from Maimonides for the celebration of Purim: In his magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah (Laws of Megillah and Chanukah 2:17), he writes: “It is preferable to…

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From Sadness to Joy

Experience the transformation tomorrow from a somber day of fasting on the Fast of Esther to the joyous celebration tomorrow night that is Purim.

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Remembering Amalek and Haman

Prepare for Parsahat Zachor this Shabbat and for Purim this coming Thursday night and Friday by becoming more familiar with the Purim story and unlocking the underlying mysteries. Print…

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You Count?

Take to heart that regardless of a person’s great wealth or the lack thereof, the half-shekel given by the Jewish people, as set forth in Parshat Shekalim in the Torah, reminds us that…

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When Adar Begins

The month of Adar, the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar year, begins this Friday evening, February 12th (Rosh Chodesh is two days, but Adar begins on Friday night). The Talmud…

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Increase Your Joy

Put a spring in your step as we look forward to the joyous new month of Adar which begins this Friday night.

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Eat Your Vegetables!

Enjoy a hearty salad packed with vegetables to improve your health.

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Pre-Purim Workshop on Zoom

Pre-Purim Workshop on Zoom With Rabbi Ephraim Z. BuchwaldJoin NJOP for an exciting Purim prep Workshop on Zoom! Forward to a…

National Freedom Day

Today, February 1st, is both National Freedom Day and the first day of Black History Month National Freedom Day was initially advocated for by Major Richard Robert Wright Sr. (1855-1947),…

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Prepare Your Voice

As preparation for this coming Shabbat, also known as Shabbat Shirah, enjoy Rabbi Buchwald’s explanation in the Torah portion of B’shalach where the source of song for all generations…

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Put Your Work Aside

Refrain from business talk and rejoice this Shabbat by enjoying the special gift that God has bestowed upon the Jewish people.

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