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50 Shades of Religious School

I was very excited about my lesson for this week’s 8th grade Religious School class. I was planning to start with an attention catching set-induction including props! 967 more words

Debi Swedelson Mishael

A wretched mess

And he (Jesus) called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 239 more words


Journal: Brute Force Strength.

Mussar is a transformative practice, to be sure. In the past, I’ve experienced this effect over time, as the weeks, months, and years of patient and plodding repetition have worn changes into me like water wears into rock. 340 more words

Journal Entry


Sometimes I have days where it feels like there were two distinct days in one. Today was one of those days. In fact, this week was one of those weeks. 638 more words

What is Midrash?

I went to see the film Noah. Seen it? What did you think?

For my comments about the film, check out its entry on the Jewish Film blog… 379 more words

Especially For Beginners

Scripture Obscura: Welcome 'The Arrival'

Another podcast and another suggested text. Apologies if the sound quality is a little off. I’m still coming to grips with that element of editing. Click the link below to listen. 58 more words


Reflection: Text Study Better Together on Service/Charity

by Emily Schroder, Better Together @ UNF Vice President and UNF Interfaith Center Intern

Better Together @ UNF revolves around the importance of service and charity- of working together towards improving our community and helping our fellow human beings. 409 more words