Tag Archives: Teaching/Education

Parashat Vayetze: Blogging the Torah, The Thanksgiving triathalon of eat, run, shop

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. The Thanksgivings of my youth were quiet days. Everything in the neighborhood was closed! My mother either cooked or one of my aunts did. It was a great time to spend with my cousins and the … 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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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: 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: Shelach L’cha, As the Tzitzit Fly

Savasana, I often joke, is my favorite yoga pose.  This is the restful pose that concludes our yoga practice.  We are supposed to lie flat on our back and quiet our body and mind.  During savasana, my mind is not … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: B’ha-alot’cha, Communities and Quail

Just this week I attended the Jewish Futures Conference here in New York.  David Bryfman, Director of the New Center for Collaborative Leadership at the Jewish Education Project, posed the following questions: What are our communities? How many communities do … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Naso, Where does the Journey Begin?

Where does the journey begin?  Where will it go?                                           -Debbie Friedman For me, my journey begins with this week’s parasha, Naso.  Or at least, a major part of it does. I digress. The Haftarah describes the very beginning of … 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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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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