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Purim 2022; Festivities Amidst Tragedy

March 10, 2022, by

In my family, perhaps like in yours, Purim is the most anticipated and lighthearted day of the year. Laughter flows freely even for the teetotallers, and even the most serious and sedate among us are playful. We exchange kibitzing, Torah thoughts, food baskets and hugs. But as Purim approaches this year I am guarded. How […]

Limiting egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall isn’t religiously coercive

February 13, 2022, by

There is currently a battle happening regarding egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. My great-grandfather, Israel Wagner, a devoted and pious Boyaner hassid from the Bukovina region of Romania, was enraptured with the land of Israel. He and his wife, Baila, visited Palestine numerous times, and even purchased a home and a plot of land upon […]