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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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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Bereshit, What I Learned from My Cat.

In a post on on eJewish Philanthropy today, Michael S. Berger in “A Tale of Two Philanthropists” said: “The Bible’s first two chapters provide an account – or, more accurately, accounts – of the creation of Adam and Eve, featuring … 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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Starting a New School Year: Nine Tips for Collaboration | Edutopia

Thanks Terrell Heick for this great post from Edutopia . Getting the school year started right can mean the world of difference for the rest of the year.  Terrell Heick gives us all some great tips for a great start! … Continue reading

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What’s Love Got to Do With it? Sh’ma Love

This is cross posted from the blog Davenspot where I was honored to be a guest blogger. When I lead services, regardless of whether it is for kids or adults, I love to explain my take on the Sh’ma and … Continue reading

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Mayim, Mayim, Mayim

  “I get on my knees everyday and I’m saying an extra prayer right now,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters after briefing President Barack Obama. “If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, … 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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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Korah, REBELLION-SCHMELLION

Scene opens:  The people are dancing and doing all sorts of debauchery around the golden calf.  They have given up on their leader.  He’s been up on the mountain too long and they think he was eaten by a wolf … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Emor, No One Acts Alone

I am confused.  I am probably more confused than I ever have been in reading the Torah.  In this week’s Torah portion, Emor, after a lengthy discussion of the holiday cycle, a strange little story is tagged on. We learn … Continue reading

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LET THE MIDRASH BE OUR GUIDE!

Why do we do this? The midrash says… I have often heard these lines and even said them myself.  We use the body of literature known as the midrash to interpret the Torah, the law, and our rituals so that … Continue reading

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