Category Archives: Israel

Who Is Chosen?

I remember reading The Chosen  as a teen and I was hooked. I then went on to The Promise, the sequel and pretty much every other book by Chaim Potok.  But The Chosen was the best.  I was thoroughly engaged … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Toldot, Can’t We Just All Get Along?

A few years ago, I was at some sort of education workshop, and I was asked to illustrate this week’s parasha, Toldot. I am not a great drawer and I am especially bad at faces. I simply drew a belly … Continue reading

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Park or Shul? Who Decides?

As an American, I take a lot of rights for granted.  And when those rights are not available to all, I feel it in my bones.  For this is America. When it comes to prayer, I assume that I can … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Vaera, Follow The Leader

In this week’s portion, Moses is called by God to go to Pharoah.  Let’s remember that Moses grew up in Pharoah’s palace and knows Pharoah well.  The current Pharoah’s mother fished Moses out of the Nile and raised him as … Continue reading

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The Kotel and Me

Awhile ago, my mother gave me a box.  In the past years, she had been going through our closets and such, and brought me my stuff from our childhood.  In the past I have received boxes.  There have been  boxes … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Vayeshev, Dad Loves Him Best!

As a sports fan, I love reading the heartwarming human interest stories of athletes doing good that invariably appear this time of year.  These little vignettes into their lives make the competition so much more interesting.  And it seems to … Continue reading

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Bitter Honey

This morning I sat down with my cup of tea and the last of the Rosh HaShannah honey cake.  As the cats raced around the house, I opened The New York Times to find an article about divisive religious hate … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Ki Tavo, Give Us Your First Fruits, and Second, and Third….

When Israel stood to receive the Torah, the Holy One said to them, “I am giving you My Torah. Bring Me good guarantors that you will guard it.” First the people said, “Our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are our … Continue reading

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Have You Had Your Mah Gadlu Moment Today?

Life keeps handing me these moments.  So here is Mah Gadlu, Part 2 This week I saw the most amazing 4th of July fireworks over the Hudson River.  Even with a partial view from a roof top half way across … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Hukkat, Experiential Education 101

“Oh, you have the summer off. How nice.”  As a Jewish Educator, I hear that expression often. I smile politely and try not to think of how many hours I will spend preparing for next fall.  And yes, while I … Continue reading

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