Tag Archives: God

“The Other” Is You

In preparation for the new season of Downton Abbey, PBS ran a behind-the-scenes show the other night. I was struck by their insistence on propriety. Clothing, posture, and manners must adhere to the period. (Although, we have caught a few … 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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Make Your Own Kind of Tefillah

I’ve been remembering Mama Cass’s song “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” thinking about this anthem of the early ’70s for doing your own thing. This year, in conjunction with teaching the traditional prayers, we have been asking our fifth … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Vayera, Out of the Dark

Rabbi Ben Bag-Bag, in what has been turned into one of my students’ favorite songs, said in Pirkei Avot, “turn it, for everything is in it.” Unfortunately, not everything is this palatable.  This week’s portion, Vayera, brings us some of … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Lech L’cha, I Was There

“Is Sarah part of the b’rit (the covenant) that God establishes with Abraham?”  Rabbi Ruth H. Sohn asks this question in The Torah: A Women’s Commentary.  As she says: our impulse is to say: “How can you ask such a … 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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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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Moon over the Seder

One of the hazards of the professional Jew is that we can’t help spending time looking at the heavens.  And sometimes, it affects us more than you could imagine.  On Purim evening, I was rushing back to NYC for the … Continue reading

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The Big Question. Or, at least, one of them.

Ellen DeGeneres used to do a bit about how, with so many people praying all the time, God’s answering machine must be really full.  I thought about this when Tal, a fifth-grade student asked the big question, “How can God … Continue reading

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