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Philanthropy: Its all Greek to Me

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From the Greek meaning ‘loving people’, philanthropy is about doing things for other people. The ideas toward philanthropy have changed over time but the feeling about giving and loving something have remained the same.

Sharing our Stories: How Judaism Speaks to Women

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Through Judaism we gain a window into the lives of other women. Although many of these women existed a long time ago, their stories remain relevant to a woman in today's society.

Tikkun Olam: Womens Voices Healing and Balancing

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We have the responsibility with God to repair the world. Women's voices create a balance in the world. This balance is the key to ‘Tikkun Olam’, repairing the world.

Dealing With The Tough Stuff: Visiting a Shiva House

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Visiting a house of mourning is not easy and can be awkward and uncomfortable at times. There are good reasons behind everything we do, and by understanding your feelings come second to those sitting shiva, the hope is the experience will be comforting to the mourners whether you engage, or just sit in their presence.

Keeping Up With The Rosenblums

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For those of you who want something your neighbours have, don't worry, you're not breaking any commandments. Coveting your neighbour's ox in the Torah is very different than wanting the same car your neighbour drives and it all has to do with the difference between wanting your own item and actually taking that item from your neighbour.

To Gift or Not to Gift

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Contrary to popular belief, gift giving is actually not a tenet of Chanukah. Learn more about how this custom came to be and how you can inform your decision this holiday season.

Am I My Brothers Keeper?

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We often question if we have a responsibility to take care and watch out for other people. Whether it be looking out for family members, friends, the homeless, or even disadvantaged people in countries across the world, we are responsible to watch out for everyone, both on personal and humanitarian levels. It all begins with Cain, Abel and God.

Too Much of a Mitzvah: Is it Possible?

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In Judaism we have a lot of rules to live by and Commandments that were set upon us a long time ago. Day by day we go about our lives doing and fulfilling a lot of these Rules and Mitzvot, but this way of life often begs the question, "Is it possible to do too much of a Commandment?" Is is possible to go "ritualistically overboard"? Find out the answer here.

The Balance Between Sadness & Joy

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Two of the deepest emotions we face are sadness and joy. We think of them as polar opposites but have you ever noticed that someone can have tears of joy or tears of sadness. What about a laugh of happiness or a laugh of disbelief? Sadness and joy are two extreme emotions that share the same set of actions. So which one is valued more? Rachael explains the answer.

Rachael's Centre for Torah, Mussar and Ethics is a not-for-profit pluralistic website dedicated to online Jewish learning. We offer video and audio classes on Jewish themes such as Family, Lifecycle Events, Torah, Jewish Laws and much more. We also feature a Jewish Calendar, Interactive Blog, Video Reflections, Torah Podcasts, and Holiday Insights. We invite you to subscribe to Pathways to Learning and join our growing online community today.