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Falling in Love With Yom Kippur

4 months ago

I fell in love last weekend.  Hard-core. I’d fallen before, but this time it was different: it was the holiest day of the Jewish calendar year, Yom Kippur, and I fell back in love with ritual and religious practice. And…

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Wait…It’s Also the Muslim New Year?

4 months ago

This week as millions of Jews celebrate the start of the Jewish New Year and the High Holy Days (the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), what thousands (maybe even millions…) of Muslims worldwide will not even know is…

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Rejected By My Religious Community & Hollywood

1 year ago

[Featured image by Leora Veit] When I was 8 years old, my favorite teacher assigned the class a project: write about what you want to be when you grow up. I answered the truth: I want to be a movie…

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Pride 2016: Empty Chairs at My Wedding

2 years ago

Empty Chairs at My Wedding by Shay Benjamin I was in my own musical reverie, headphones on, purchasing some dinner ingredients in a neighborhood store, when I happened to look up and glimpse an acquaintance, an Orthodox woman, doing her…