Category Archives: Spirituality

Blogging the Torah: Parashat Vayeira, Ishmael, Isaac, and the Rabbi’s Bathroom

A few weeks ago a pipe burst in the ceiling above our tub. The building quickly repaired it and covered it up for a few weeks. When it came time to make sure that the pipe was holding, we decided … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Noach, From Shelach to Lecha

This weekend I was in my happy place, singing with 75 of my closest friends at an annual program called Shabbat Shira held in the woods of Wisconsin. Held at the URJ’s camp Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute, this is … Continue reading

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You Are My People. Really!

I’m angry. I’ve been angry for weeks now and just when I think I am getting over my anger, something else makes me even more angry. I realized that it has darkened my joy and seeped into surprising places. It … Continue reading

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Dayenu: When Is It Enough

Sitting at a friend’s seder table, full and content and a bit bleary-eyed, I was awakened by this lovely sermon that was to be given the next morning. Welcome, guest blogger Rabbi Rosalie M. Osian. Thanks for sharing your words. … Continue reading

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So Nu? Who Doesn’t Want to be Happy?

One of my all-time favorite movie lines comes from the 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers. The movie is set around an upcoming wedding, blending a stereotypical Italian family with a WASPY family. Bea Arthur, with shoe-polish black hair high on her … Continue reading

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For Better or For Worse

I have a confession to make. I grew up a Mets fan, and while I don’t currently watch much baseball, if you asked me what my favorite team is, I would still say the Mets. Although I often say, “I … Continue reading

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Oy! What’s Your Problem?

Gratitude. It’s a difficult thing to remember. I recall that Oprah, when she had her regular show, had a series on gratitude and there were those that made fun, me included. It was a bit too touchy-feely for me. But … 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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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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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Pinchas, Whose Seed is it Anyway?

This post is dedicated to my teacher, my friend, Hazzan Faith Steinsnyder. If royal watchers were Bob Dylan fans, they might be singing “The Times They Are A Changin’.” The Parliament has passed a law allowing the monarchy to be … Continue reading

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