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Finding Holiness in Hugs, Home & Hoagies

JUNE 11, 2021 By RABBI ALEX KRESS The pandemic kept me away from Philadelphia for over a year and a half, the longest I had ever been away from my
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Confronting Violence and Injustice Against Women

D’VAR TORAH BY: RABBI ALEX KRESS / June 2, 2021 The statistics were not a secret, but for the first 30 years of my life, I was naively oblivious to
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In the End, There Was Love

MAY 6, 2021 By RABBI ALEX KRESS On June 19, 1865, two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas. They delivered the
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Know Before Whom You Stand Before You Judge

MAY 5, 2021 By RABBI ALEX KRESS During the pandemic, I had a serious mental health breakdown and no one knew. Perhaps I seemed a little off or distant to
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Build Longer Tables, Not Higher Walls

APRIL 9, 2021 By RABBI ALEX KRESS When I was 2, my dad stood in front of a lightbox holding an X-ray that confirmed his mother was dying of lung
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Embracing the Unknowable

APRIL 9, 2021 By RABBI ALEX KRESS As a kid, I loved how math made the world orderly. It was neat and predictable: Two plus two always equaled four; the
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