Aron Hirt-Manheimer

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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Mr. Rogers helping Jeff Erlanger with breakfast of scrambled eggs

One of this summer’s surprise box office hits is Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a documentary about Fred Rogers and his iconic public television show.  

The documentary includes a segment, first aired on February 18, 1981 and rerun annually until 2008, that Fred Rogers considered his “most treasured time on the set” – an unscripted and unrehearsed visit with Jeffrey Erlanger, a 10-year-old Jewish boy who visited Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in his electric-powered wheelchair.

Mister Rogers asked Jeff, “What is it that made you need this wheelchair?”

“When I was about seven...

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Rabbi Paul Kipnes hold a lulav and an etrog while standing under a sukkah and teaching a group of young children

Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes, the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA, is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

He is a blogger and a commentator for Ten Minutes of Torah. With his wife, Michelle November, he co-authored Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2015). We caught up with Rabbi Kipnes as he was preparing for the High Holidays.

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Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi leading worship services at camp

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., is national director of recruitment and admissions and assistant professor of Jewish thought and ethics at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1995 and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009. She has co-authored two books, published numerous articles, and writes commentaries for Ten Minutes of Torah. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their three children.

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Rabbi Grushcow with children and adults in the sukkah

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow received her B.A. from McGill University and spent three years as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she earned a master’s degree in Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World, and then a doctorate. She was ordained a rabbi in 2003 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and served as associate rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City until 2012, when she became senior rabbi at Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom in Montreal. In 2015, The Jewish Daily Forward named her as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.”

Rabbi...

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Student group at archeological site in Israel

Israel may be a small country, but there are so many sites to see and issues about which to learn. You could spend months touring the country and still feel like you need more time. If you’re visiting for only a week or two, consider adding some of these 18 cultural, religious, historical, and natural sites to your itinerary.

The Western Wall (the Kotel) is considered by many to be the most sacred place in Jewish tradition. People from around the world come to pray at this holy site, often placing handwritten notes in crevices in the ancient stones. Recently, the Western Wall has...

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