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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Balak, Mah Tovu Ohalech WCN

I am renewed.  I am exhausted. There is music running around my brain.  I wake up with a song in my head.  My cup is filled after a glorious week with my chaverot at the Women Cantors’ Network annual conference.  … Continue reading

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Memories of Jewish Education, When You Least Expect Them

I was sitting on a train, looking at the Virginia countryside, and checking my email when this post came through. For the second week in a row, I am stunned by negative memories of childhood Jewish education.  In my last … 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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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: 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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