Letters to Josep
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Apr 17th, 2019 — Happy Birthday, Josep!
Jan 10th, 2019 — Jew Things! (Or: What Is Judaica Anyway?!)
Dec 31st, 2018 — 4 Horrifying Bible Stories They Probably Didn't Teach You in Sunday School
Nov 28th, 2018 — Q&A with Random Strangers on the Internet, pt. 7!
Nov 7th, 2018 — How to Keep Kosher Just About Anywhere
Oct 21st, 2018 — A More Detailed Report!
Oct 17th, 2018 — Our Event in Girona!
Oct 11th, 2018 — Update on Girona Event & ANOTHER Exciting Announcement!
Oct 3rd, 2018 — SUPER EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT
Sep 20th, 2018 — So, This Happened.
Aug 2nd, 2018 — What Mindfulness Meditation Taught Me About Prayer
Jul 19th, 2018 — Guest Letter FROM Josep: A Clarification on Josep's Religious Views
Jul 9th, 2018 — Is Interfaith Dialogue Good for Religious Jews?
Jul 3rd, 2018 — Guest Letter from Jackie: A Christian at an Orthodox Jewish Prayer Service
Jun 20th, 2018 — Guest Letter from Jill: Thank You, Christianity
Jun 13th, 2018 — Grieving Through Action: A Lesson from Aaron the Priest
Jun 1st, 2018 — Rabbi Sacks on Friendship and Faith
Apr 17th, 2018 — GUESS WHOSE BIRTHDAY IT IS
Mar 22nd, 2018 — Q&A with Random Strangers on the Internet, pt. 6!
Feb 11th, 2018 — I Just Found Out My Relatives Were Murdered by the Nazis
Jan 18th, 2018 — Ramban (Nachmanides): The Badass Rabbi of Catalonia
Dec 18th, 2017 — Are People Who Do Terrible Things Necessarily Terrible People?
Oct 26th, 2017 — Josep follows instructions!
Oct 16th, 2017 — By Light of Hidden Candles Is Launching Today!
Sep 13th, 2017 — Q & A with Random Strangers on the Internet, Pt. 5!
Aug 20th, 2017 — Not in God's Name: Rabbi Sacks Confronts Religious Violence
Aug 14th, 2017 — The Memory of Love: In Tribute to My Grandfather
Aug 2nd, 2017 — The Book of Jewish Food: A Refreshing (and Mouth-Watering) Ode to Jewish Cultural Diversity
Jun 21st, 2017 — By Light of Hidden Candle[lighting Custom]s
Jun 11th, 2017 — P.S. to Little Torah Champions
Jun 6th, 2017 — Little Torah Champions
May 18th, 2017 — Q & A with Random Strangers on the Internet, Pt. 4!
May 7th, 2017 — When God Speaks: Prophecy in Jewish Thought & Theology
Apr 23rd, 2017 — A Damaged Mirror: A Holocaust Memoir Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen
Apr 17th, 2017 — It's That Day Again!
Apr 9th, 2017 — What Do Jews REALLY Think About Jesus?!
Mar 29th, 2017 — Happy First Birthday, LtJ-the-Book!
Mar 16th, 2017 — Q&A with Random Strangers on the Internet, Pt. 3!
Mar 9th, 2017 — Read My Short Story & Interview on Reckoning
Mar 1st, 2017 — Guest Letter from Naomi: An American Jew in Munich
Feb 19th, 2017 — Responding to Antisemites: Was the Holocaust a Uniquely Jewish Catastrophe?
Jan 22nd, 2017 — Uncanny Overtones at the Frankfurt Airport
Jan 17th, 2017 — A Self-Defense Instructor's Guide to Responding to Hate Speech
Jan 8th, 2017 — What's In a Jewish Name?... A Lot, That's What
Dec 15th, 2016 — I Made Aliyah 20 Years Ago as a Child. This Is My Story
Dec 11th, 2016 — Letters to Josep Available for FREE--Limited Time Only!
Nov 30th, 2016 — Blessed Be the True Judge
Nov 17th, 2016 — Q&A with Random Strangers on the Internet, Pt. 2!
Nov 7th, 2016 — 7 Myths About Judaism that Refuse to Die
Oct 30th, 2016 — Awesome Jews of History #2: Don Isaac Abravanel
Oct 18th, 2016 — Friendship in Judaism (In Tribute to a Decade of a Strange and Wonderful Friendship)
Oct 13th, 2016 — Thoughts on Forgiveness
Sep 27th, 2016 — Dear God: We Need to Talk
Sep 12th, 2016 — Permanent Passover Disease (a.k.a. Celiac)
Sep 1st, 2016 — Diversity of Language: A Biblical Punishment?
Aug 18th, 2016 — Tu B'Av: The Jewish Valentine's Day?
Jul 31st, 2016 — A Book Update & "Behind the Scenes"
Jul 18th, 2016 — Guest Letter from Bobby: On the Baha'i Faith and Its Call for Religious Tolerance
Jul 5th, 2016 — Lush Pastures and Valleys of Shadows: Psalm 23 from a Jewish Perspective
Jun 14th, 2016 — People Find Me by Googling the Strangest Phrases. Here Are My Responses.
Jun 5th, 2016 — The Incredible (and Mildly Embarrassing) Story of "Jerusalem of Gold"
May 31st, 2016 — Confessions of a King David Fangirl
May 19th, 2016 — Clinging to Light in the Darkness: On Grappling with Loss and Fear of Loss
May 11th, 2016 — No Other Land
May 4th, 2016 — How to Teach Children About the Holocaust (And How... Not To.)
May 2nd, 2016 — Guest Letter from Aviv: A Jew in Paris
Apr 26th, 2016 — The Kitniyot Wars: A Peek into One of the Most Ridiculous Internal Jewish Controversies
Apr 19th, 2016 — The Real Freedom of Passover
Apr 17th, 2016 — Because I'm THAT friend.
Apr 13th, 2016 — Impostor Syndrome and the Burning Bush
Apr 7th, 2016 — A Little Book-Related Update
Mar 31st, 2016 — A Jew by Any Other Name: Why Are Jews Called 'Jews'?
Mar 31st, 2016 — The Book Is Here!!!
Mar 27th, 2016 — Between the Lines of the Scroll of Esther
Mar 23rd, 2016 — From the Archives, March 2014: Purim
Mar 20th, 2016 — The Book Is Almost Here...
Mar 13th, 2016 — From Haman to Hitler: The Idea of Amalek
Mar 6th, 2016 — A Blessing on Your Head: Jewish Headgear
Feb 28th, 2016 — Why the Abortion Debate Hardly Exists in Israel
Feb 26th, 2016 — Elementary Israeli Floral Education in Practice...
Feb 21st, 2016 — Zooming In
Feb 14th, 2016 — Book News: Sneak Peak & Cover Reveal!
Feb 8th, 2016 — Family Plans: Contraception, Pregnancy and Judaism
Feb 2nd, 2016 — A Preponderance of Evidence
Jan 28th, 2016 — Guest Letter from Alana: An Orthodox Christmas, from the Holy Land to Sin City
Jan 25th, 2016 — Well, the Almond Trees Are... Not Blooming.
Jan 18th, 2016 — No, Actually, I Am Not Okay.
Jan 14th, 2016 — My Deal with God
Jan 6th, 2016 — Guest Letter from Jonathan: A Puerto Rican American Christmas
Jan 2nd, 2016 — On the Awkward Question of Intermarriage
Dec 31st, 2015 — The Jewish Year in a Nutshell
Dec 25th, 2015 — A Little Elaboration on Nadal de Catalunya
Dec 21st, 2015 — Big News!
Dec 15th, 2015 — How to Deal with Offensive Rabbinic Texts--and Not Be a Jerk About It
Dec 13th, 2015 — Infinite Light
Dec 6th, 2015 — Let There Be Light
Dec 2nd, 2015 — It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Chanukah...
Nov 29th, 2015 — 5 Things Religious People Get Right about Sex
Nov 25th, 2015 — Letter to a New Father
Nov 22nd, 2015 — How to Support a Loved One Affected by Terror
Nov 15th, 2015 — Thoughts on Paris
Nov 9th, 2015 — The Battleground of Good and Evil: Human Nature in Judaism and Christianity
Nov 5th, 2015 — Just Checking In
Oct 28th, 2015 — 10 Great Principles You Had No Idea Were in the Torah
Oct 18th, 2015 — I Forgave God
Oct 14th, 2015 — The 5 Secrets of Israeli Resilience Against Terror
Oct 6th, 2015 — Rain in Its Time
Sep 30th, 2015 — Imagine This: In Defense of Nationalism
Sep 27th, 2015 — In God's Presence: Succot & Shmini Atzeret
Sep 24th, 2015 — Guest Letter from Yasmina: Eid al-Adha
Sep 20th, 2015 — From the Archives, November 2014: As Long as the Candle Burns
Sep 16th, 2015 — Why We Fast for Gedaliah
Sep 10th, 2015 — Dusty Divinity
Sep 3rd, 2015 — Women in Orthodox Judaism, or: Daniella Opens a Can
Aug 27th, 2015 — 10 Essential Words in Judeo-English
Aug 24th, 2015 — Some Good Ol' Jewish Chutzpah
Aug 20th, 2015 — One Day
Aug 18th, 2015 — 15 Weird Things Jews Do
Aug 13th, 2015 — Days of Awe
Aug 6th, 2015 — The Biscuit, the Cream, and the Talmud
Jul 30th, 2015 — Cracks
Jul 26th, 2015 — Happily Ever After: The Jewish Messiah
Jul 22nd, 2015 — Jewish by Choice: The Ins and Outs of Halakhic Conversion
Jul 15th, 2015 — The Great Post of Jewish Conspiracies!
Jul 8th, 2015 — Between the Dire Straits
Jul 5th, 2015 — Processing Grief: Jewish Mourning Customs
Jun 30th, 2015 — Starving for God: Jewish Fast Days
Jun 28th, 2015 — Why This Orthodox Jew Supports the Supreme Court's Decision on Gay Marriage
Jun 25th, 2015 — From the Archives, May 2008: Jewish Weddings
Jun 21st, 2015 — Guest Letter from Saadia: Ramadan 101
Jun 18th, 2015 — Guest Letter from Abi: Praying Together
Jun 14th, 2015 — Prayer, Part II: A Peek into the Jewish Prayer Book
Jun 9th, 2015 — Prayer, Part I: Why Pray?
Jun 4th, 2015 — Different Kinds of Jews, Part II: 2,000 Years of Arguing
Jun 2nd, 2015 — Two Jews, Three Opinions, One Heart
May 27th, 2015 — Different Kinds of Jews, Part I: Jewish Cultural Identity and the Diversity Therein
May 20th, 2015 — Shavuot: On Covenants and Cheesecake
May 14th, 2015 — Why Jerusalem Matters
May 10th, 2015 — Mikveh: A Spiritual Womb
May 5th, 2015 — The Vagueries of the Jewish Afterlife
Apr 29th, 2015 — Counting Up: The Omer and Lag B'Omer
Apr 27th, 2015 — Crossing Boundaries
Apr 23rd, 2015 — St. Jordi's Day, as Explained by an American-Israeli Jew
Apr 20th, 2015 — Welcome to Israeli Emotional Roller Coaster Week!
Apr 17th, 2015 — *ahem*
Apr 15th, 2015 — In the Empty Synagogues of Poland
Apr 13th, 2015 — Tweet No Evil: The Power of Speech in the Age of Social Media
Apr 8th, 2015 — Guest Letter from Jerri: Easter, and Rabbits
Apr 6th, 2015 — Passover, Part II: Seder Night 101
Apr 2nd, 2015 — Time out, on account of a difficult loss.
Mar 30th, 2015 — Passover, Part I: Freedom, Education, and National Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Mar 26th, 2015 — Introducing.... Guest Letters to Josep!
Mar 24th, 2015 — Stranger in a Familiar Land
Mar 14th, 2015 — Little Gifts
Feb 27th, 2015 — Going on Vacation
Feb 25th, 2015 — An Introduction to the World's Biggest Book Club
Feb 20th, 2015 — Even the Weather Is in on It
Feb 19th, 2015 — From the Archives, February 2007: HAPPY ADAR!
Feb 18th, 2015 — Circumcision. Wait! Don't Run Away Screaming!
Feb 12th, 2015 — Links in the Chain: On Educating Children
Feb 8th, 2015 — Jew Food, Part III: In Which Things Get Ridiculously Complicated.
Feb 4th, 2015 — Trees, Jews, and Israel
Feb 3rd, 2015 — Jew Food, Part II: The Vegan Section (well, sort of.)
Jan 28th, 2015 — The Not-So-Dead of an Israeli Winter
Jan 26th, 2015 — Jew Food, Part I: Vegetarians, Avert Your Eyes
Jan 20th, 2015 — Your Personal Jewish Calendar Elaborates on... the Jewish Calendar.
Jan 18th, 2015 — Shmita, or: Holy Bananas, Batman!
Jan 14th, 2015 — Jewish Symbols, or: A Rummage Through My Jewelry Box
Jan 12th, 2015 — Vive L'Aliya
Jan 11th, 2015 — My 5-Year-Old Explains Why It's Better to Be Jewish
Jan 6th, 2015 — The Sabbath Keeps the Jews--Even When It Seems Like It Doesn't
Jan 4th, 2015 — Blessings: Finding God in an Apple
Jan 1st, 2015 — From the Archives, March 2007: A Day at the Western Wall
Dec 31st, 2014 — Shabbat: A Sacred Space in Time
Dec 26th, 2014 — On the Doorposts of Your Home: All About Mezuzot
Dec 24th, 2014 — And Now for Something a Little Different...
Dec 24th, 2014 — From the Archives, October 2006: Life as an Observant Jew
Dec 23rd, 2014 — A Nation of Pyromaniacs
Dec 21st, 2014 — How It All Began, or: An American-Israeli Jew and a Catalan Christian Walk into a Bar...
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