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Pre-wedding Mikvah Options in Arizona

A mikvah is a ritual bath satisfying very specific requirements that incorporate “living water” (running or moving water from a God-given source such as rain, snow, ice or a spring). Immersion in a mikvah is performed for ritual purification and a change in status, including before a wedding ceremony. The purpose of immersion is not…

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Marrying Mores in Israel

Very few American Jews marry before they finish college. And even high school sweethearts are usually prepared to wait – or are convinced by their parents to do so – until they turn 21. In Israel, with university coming after a lengthy post-high school period (including army service, travel, making up for screw-ups in high…

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Our Big Fat Inclusive Wedding

By Hila Ratzabi When José and I first started dating, my Jewish parents were not pleased. Though my mom is fairly liberal, some instinct flared up in her that has roots in centuries of Jewish fear of disappearance. Though that fear has lessened over the decades for many Jewish families, particularly in the United States,…

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Wedding Directory

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PJ Library Goes to School

The Southern Arizona Jewish community has been chosen by the National PJ Library to participate in a special initiative called PJ Goes to School. Many Arizona families participate in PJ Library, a national program that mails free, high-quality Jewish books and music to families raising Jewish children. Families living near Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott or Flagstaff can…

A Parent’s Nightmare

It is perhaps a parent’s worst nightmare – to have a child display uncontrollable, violent behavior patterns. Not that any medical problem is easy, but at least with a broken arm or even an infection, you know where to turn. You see your pediatrician and the problem is generally solved. A cast or an antibiotic…

Happy New Year, Trees

Tu B’Shevat – the New Year for Trees. It begins this year on the eve of Tuesday, Feb. 3, and ends at sundown on the fourth. But why a New Year for trees? I mean, do the trees need to jumpstart their spiritual growth? Atone for their past indiscretions? Have a new beginning? If I’m…

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