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WHO REALLY MATTERS?

I have a confession. I was one of those people. When I first heard “Black Lives Matter” I thought, what do you mean? All lives matter. Unlike some of our former elected officials, I kept my mouth shut until I … Continue reading

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My Big, Fat Angry Summer

For educators, summertime is supposed to be a great time. Many of us have large swaths of time off, even if for most of us it is unpaid. One would think that that this great, especially during a summer like … Continue reading

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Park or Shul? Who Decides?

As an American, I take a lot of rights for granted.  And when those rights are not available to all, I feel it in my bones.  For this is America. When it comes to prayer, I assume that I can … 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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Bitter Honey

This morning I sat down with my cup of tea and the last of the Rosh HaShannah honey cake.  As the cats raced around the house, I opened The New York Times to find an article about divisive religious hate … 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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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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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: 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 Behar-Bechukkotai, How Can I Observe Sh’mittah when I Live in a Four-Story Walk-Up?

One of my favorite books of midrashim is the children’s book, Does God Have a Big Toe? In the first story, “Partners,” Rabbi Marc Gellman describes a conversation between God and the angels.  The angels think that the universe is … Continue reading

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