The First Pitch

Parashat Noach begins by describing the famous teivah, or ark, that God instructed Noah to build. Since the wooden craft would be challenged by the rainstorm and the elements, God…

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The First Ten

If the children of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai, why did Moses come down bearing only “the two tablets of the testimony” luchot ha’aidoot (Exodus 32:15), on…

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The First Neighborhood

Until the end of the 19th century, the barren hills outside of the 16th century walls of Jerusalem’s Old City were the territory of marauders and wild animals. Inside the walls,…

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The First Jew in the Colonies

When does American Jewish history begin? Some would say that it begins in 1492, when Columbus set sail on his historic voyage accompanied by at least one known Jewish crew member (Luis de…

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The First Ten

If the children of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai, why did Moses come down bearing only “the two tablets of the testimony” luchot ha’aidoot (Exodus 32:15), on…

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The First Ten

If the children of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai, why did Moses come down bearing only “the two tablets of the testimony” luchot ha’aidoot (Exodus 32:15), rather than a…

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The First Jewish Lawyer

The study of law appears to attract a disproportionate number of Jews, perhaps because expounding arguments, pro and con, is one of the great pleasures of Talmudic discourse. In fact, one…

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The First Ten

If the children of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai, why did Moses come down bearing only “the two tablets of the testimony” luchot ha’aidoot (Exodus 32:15), rather than a…

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The First Pitch

Parashat Noah begins by describing the famous teivah, or ark, that God instructed Noah to build. Since the wooden craft would be challenged by the rainstorm and the elements, God…

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The First Ten

If the children of Israel received the Torah at Mount Sinai, why did Moses come down bearing only “two tablets of testimony” luchot ha’aidoot (Exodus 32:15), on which the Ten Commandments…

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First Week of Av

Assume the serious atmosphere of the week leading up to Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av)  a day of great tragedy for the Jewish people.

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Thank the First Responders

On International Nurses Day, reach out and thank nurses for all they have done to help others, especially those who served valiantly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The First Ten Reviewed

Prepare for Shavuot by reviewing the Ten Commandments.

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Think First

Think about your words before you say them.

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First Safety

Pay attention to fire safety when you burn your chametz.

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First Repair

Begin repairing relationships with those close to you by making it a point to apologize rather than assume all will be forgiven.

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Health first

While observing today's fast, be aware of staying safe and healthy. For example, if it is very hot, stay inside near a fan or air conditioner while fasting.

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Think First

Before you complain, think about all the blessings you have in your life. 

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Think First

Be sincere when you apologize.

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First Step

To avoid feeling overwhelmed, begin purchasing one or two food items for Passover each time you go to the supermarket. Store them separately from your regular food.

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Safety First

Buckle up, look both ways...follow basic safety procedures.

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First Night Light

Start the holiday right by lighting your menorah at the earliest time possible after dusk. 

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First Step

Begin the process of teshuva by making an honest assessment of whom you might have hurt or offended this past year. (And check out Project Forgiveness.)

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Take The First Step

Read the weekly Torah portion in which ever language you are most comfortable.

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Safety First

Jewish law asserts that you should always act to preserve life. Make certain you and everyone else in your car is wearing a seatbelt (and that you follow child car safety rules).

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Think First

Before acting on a major decision, think about how your actions will effect other people.

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Operation Peace for Galilee/ the (First) Lebanon War

In 1981, frequent katyusha rockets launched into Israel by Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists located on Lebanon’s southern border, made life unsustainable for Israelis…

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First Thoughts

Begin thinking about Passover preparations with Jewish Treats' "Passover Seder Cheat Sheet." (Download for free here.)

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The First Mourning

For those who suffer the loss of a close relative, Jewish tradition provides a distinctive mourning ritual, the most prominent aspect of which is shiva, the seven days of mourning.…

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Two Days As One Day

How many days is Rosh Hashana? It seems the simplest of questions, since all around the world, no matter where you may be, Rosh Hashana is celebrated for two days (as opposed to the first…

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