Category Archives: Torah

Blogging the Torah: Parashat Miketz, On Terror and Grain

This has been a difficult Chanukah for this world.  As we light our candles in the darkest time of the year, we struggle to find a way to overcome the darkness of this world with the light of goodness.  In … Continue reading

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No Turkey For You

Next week, Americans will celebrate the most Jewish of our American holidays: Thanksgiving. Each day in our Amidah, we say the words  “Moadim Anachu Lach, we are thankful to you God” for the miracles of each day and God’s wondrous … Continue reading

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Shabbat Nachamu: If Only

This Shabbat is Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of consolation. We, as a Jewish people, are supposed to be so bereft by the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem that even these many years later we need to be consoled. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah, Parashat Balak: Blessings, Not Curses. Really!

This week’s parasha literally features an ass. While in this case it means a donkey, it’s an apt word to describe much of what I’ve seen in the media over the last few days, but I digress. In this week’s … Continue reading

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Parashat Chukkat: Finding Your Leaders

This week, I was honored to give the following d’var Torah at the annual Women Cantors’ Network conference in Austin, Texas. The goal of the WCN is to promote the practice of Judaism through the dissemination, development, and commissioning of … Continue reading

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Call Me . . .

When our latest cat came into our lives two years ago, there was much discussion about what we would name him. I thought of the name Elul, aka Luli (top), to represent the month he came to us. We are … 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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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Chayei Sarah, Ulai

On most days, I usually think that it must be a good day if I do not say, “mah la-asot?” (what can you do?) or “yiyeh-tov” (it will be all right) too early in the day.  On some days I say both. … 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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Blogging the Torah: Parashat KiTissa, Go for the Bronze!

The only thing that is getting me through this week’s horrible snow, as opposed to last week’s horrible snow, is a day home with the Olympics. Sitting on my tuchis, watching the most amazing people do the unthinkable. They fly … Continue reading

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