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No (More) Strings Attached

September 18, 2018

Pinocchio and Yom Kippur

When I think about Yom Kippur, I think about Pinocchio. What? Why Pinocchio? He's probably most famous for his nose that gets longer every time he tells a lie. And yes, you could draw a connection to Yom Kippur, as we strive to be transparent about our sins. (They will find us out, after all.) But that’s not the most important thing about him. The most important thing is that Pinocchio was a wooden puppet who wanted to become a real boy.

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A Blast with Trumpets

September 10, 2018

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

The trumpet, throughout history, has been a very popular instrument. Although it's changed forms multiple times—from animal antlers to heraldic horns to the modern three-valve contraption—every stage of civilization has found an important role for it. That is, until now.

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Elul in the Conversation

September 9, 2018

Preparing the Heart for Rosh Hashanah

How you do you know when a holiday is coming? For the Fourth of July, it's when you see Fireworks stores popping up in the beginning of May. For Halloween, it's when the grocery store converts three aisles to candy sales on the Fifth of July. For Thanksgiving, it's when everyone is talking about Black Friday. So the signs are there. But when the day comes, do you really feel ready?

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Miriam: Enemy of the State

December 27, 2017

A Mother's Song of Rebellion

Why is Miriam being lauded and venerated? For her passivity. For meekly submitting to the purpose of God in her life. For receiving the overshadowing of the Spirit. For going along with Yosef to Bethlehem. For guarding the "faithful child" to adulthood. Miriam is seen as a vessel through which God works. And the best kind of vessel is a passive one. But is this really what God was looking for in a mother for his Son? A pious wallflower with no will of her own?

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The Last Seder of James: A Passover Story

February 16, 2018

A Sneak Peek of our Upcoming Book!

Our Father Abraham is pleased to announce the upcoming release of The Last Seder of James: A Passover Story, by Dr. Lon Wiksell and Ryan Wiksell.

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Holidays

Elul in the Conversation

September 9, 2018

Preparing the Heart for Rosh Hashanah

How you do you know when a holiday is coming? For the Fourth of July, it's when you see Fireworks stores popping up in the beginning of May. For Halloween, it's when the grocery store converts three aisles to candy sales on the Fifth of July. For Thanksgiving, it's when everyone is talking about Black Friday. So the signs are there. But when the day comes, do you really feel ready?

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