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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Devarim, All Together Now

Are we there yet?  This is the time of year when many of us spend endless hours in the car trying to get to that perfect spot for rest and relaxation.  I understand this well. In two weeks I will … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Pinchas, We Are All Woody’s Daughters

Like many Jewish educators who are up early every Shabbat and Sunday morning of the school year, I spent a leisurely Shabbat morning with my favorite text, The New York Times.  With a big glass of iced tea at hand, … 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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A First Without a Last, for the Second Time

As we head into the second Hava Nashira Songleaders Conference without Debbie Friedman, I share a piece written last year at this time.  Although last year’s program was incredibly healing, her loss is still felt among us Hava Nashir-ites.  And … Continue reading

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In Search of Sparks

Ask a little kid how old they are and you will very rarely get a round number.  Instead of 4 years old they might say, “I’m four and three quarters” or “I’m going to be five in thirty-four days.” Kids … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Tazria-Metzorah, How Open is Your Camp?

During my year studying in Israel during the late nineties, a friend asked me to join her as she worked with students with special needs.  As we traveled to the school not far from her home in Kfar Saba, I … Continue reading

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What Does a Jew Look Like?

In my fifth grade class, I often begin my Klal Yisrael curriculum by placing several pictures on the table and asking the students what these faces have in common.  I include white faces, black faces, movie stars like Natalie Portman, … Continue reading

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The Object is Permanent

A few weeks ago, I heard a d’var Torah about how, as the Israelites wandered in the desert, God appeared to them as a cloud during the day and fire during the night. As a psychologist, the speaker linked this … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah in Israel: Yitro: Moon over the desert

What a beautiful full moon over the desert.  I wonder whether this is the same moon that Moses saw when he went up the mountain?

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