Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Eliza, Coming Out of Mitzrayim

There is nothing like good art. Art that makes you think. Art that has nine lives. Last week we saw the new production of My Fair Lady at the Lincoln Center Theater, here in NYC. It was wonderful. This story … Continue reading

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My Grandmother’s Bilkalach

One of my warmest childhood memories is of the time that I spent at my grandmother’s house in The Bronx. On Sundays, after Hebrew school, we gathered with aunts, uncles, and cousins for all sorts of special foods, lively conversation, … Continue reading

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IN MITZRAYIM: ON THE BANKS OF DENIAL

On the rare occasion that my spouse and I encounter someone who just doesn’t get it, whatever “it” is, we might say to each other, they’re in Mitzrayim, the biblical word for Egypt. We don’t even need to use the … Continue reading

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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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To Electrify or Not?

When I was growing up, my family and I would light the Hanukah menorah every night in the kitchen.  We had one for the family.  It would sit on the counter and we would light together and then sing Maoz … Continue reading

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We’re Still Here!

“Good times and bum times, I’m still here.”  So begins the venerable singer Elaine Stritch’s signature song “I’m Still Here.”  Even in a White House performance where she struggles to remember the lyrics, she is still here.  And I’m hoping … Continue reading

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Parashat Vayeshev: Who Hasn’t Wanted to Throw Their Little Brother in a Pit?

A few days ago, a colleague and I were schmoozing before school.  She was trying to decide what to speak about at her pulpit this Shabbat.  I suggested tying in Thanksgiving, families coming together, reconciling.  Her response: “We’re not there … Continue reading

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Coincidence, I Think Not

I had a friend who lived with a terrible lung disease.  She used to say, “God doesn’t micromanage.” I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the idea that every little occurrence has some meaning beyond what it is.  Somehow I just always … Continue reading

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Bread of Affliction: One Crust at a Time

As with most Jewish educators, Sunday mornings are generally not spent with the paper, coffee, and a lovely brunch with friends. We are up early, sometimes ridiculously early, to make Jews. We are teaching holidays, hearing Hebrew, and this time … Continue reading

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A Case for Shabbat

Shabbat? How?  Why?  Does it seem possible–or impossible–to set aside a day to sanctify God or simply to rest our bodies? I am reblogging this piece from the Alban Institute’s blog.  I think it makes the case quite well. http://www.alban.org/conversation.aspx?id=10180Continue reading

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