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Coincidence, I Think Not

I had a friend who lived with a terrible lung disease.  She used to say, “God doesn’t micromanage.” I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the idea that every little occurrence has some meaning beyond what it is.  Somehow I just always … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Emor, The Blasphemer Revisited

I heard a d’var Torah today that focuses on the blasphemer in Emor, this week’s Torah portion.  It sparked my memory that I had written the Dvar Torah below last year.  At that point, I didn’t know that the story … Continue reading

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A Case for Shabbat

Shabbat? How?  Why?  Does it seem possible–or impossible–to set aside a day to sanctify God or simply to rest our bodies? I am reblogging this piece from the Alban Institute’s blog.  I think it makes the case quite well. http://www.alban.org/conversation.aspx?id=10180Continue reading

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Answering the Call: What Would Jeb Bartlet Do?

I love to listen to podcasts.  Mostly I listen to podcasts of NPR radio shows that I never have a chance to listen to.  I also love the Slate Gabfests!  Now that I am out of my car and into … 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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In Praise of the Electric Menorah

I’ve always thought that Hanukah comes at the most perfect time.  At the darkest time of the year, we add light.  My favorite experience of Hanukah is from when I was studying in Jerusalem.  I was having a cranky day … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Happy Thanksgiving, Make Yourself a Seder

TIME TO PLAN YOUR THANKSGIVING SEDER! –Turkey and Football are Not Enough! No one knows exactly what happened at the first Thanksgiving, but we are pretty sure that God was on the guest list. Along the way, Thanksgiving, like so … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Chayei Sarah, Ach! Families!

As with so many of the parshiot in Bereshit, Chayei Sarah is jam-packed with the real life activities of our ancestors.  Named after the first few words of the parasha, Chayei Sarah — literally the life of Sarah — is … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Lech L’cha, Remembering Winnie

I gave this dvar Torah at shiva for my mother-in-law Winifred Spence Rudden.  On her second yarzheit, I remember Winnie. Tuesday, October 12, 2010 This week’s parasha is the third in our Torah.  In just the passed two weeks, we read … Continue reading

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September Turbulence and Memories

September has always been a turbulent month for my brain. Professionally, it is the beginning of the new school year and there are the challenges of preparing for students and lots of planning for the holiday services and programs that … Continue reading

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