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The Storms That Move Us

February 7, 2018, by

“If you don’t speak up, you’re part of the problem.” This sentiment appears in my Facebook newsfeed fairly regularly, in response to whatever atrocity has most recently been perpetuated against whichever individual/group/idea/etc. And to be honest, it stresses me out. Sometimes it’s obvious that whatever happened is indeed an atrocity, but sometimes I feel that

Have We Learned Nothing?

February 6, 2018, by

You may have heard of the tragic accident last week in which a train hit a garbage truck. The train was carrying Republican members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to a retreat in West Virginia. Neither the politicians nor their families were seriously injured but a passenger in the truck was killed. And

A Quick Lesson from the Super Bowl

February 5, 2018, by

Perhaps you noticed the little problem at the start of Super Bowl LII: the NFL forgot to paint hash marks over the logos. Because the Super Bowl was in Minnesota, a crew had to remove the Vikings logos from the field and paint in those of the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, plus

On the List

January 31, 2018, by

It’s funny where we derive the lessons that stick with us. For example, a first-grade teacher might make an offhand comment that lasts a lifetime. I learned one such long-lasting lesson from Night Court, an enjoyable but fairly unremarkable sitcom of the mid-eighties through early nineties. The protagonist of Night Court was Judge Harry Stone,

Text Messages in Tanach

January 29, 2018, by

We all know the potential, in our age of email and texting, for the written word to be misunderstood in tone. I still remember the first email argument I got into as a teenager, before there were emojis to help smooth things out, because of one such misunderstanding. Of course, the tone might be obvious

Is Bar/Bat Mitzvah Really a Milestone?

January 25, 2018, by

This week is my oldest daughter’s bat mitzvah. As my husband is the rabbi of our shul, most of our congregation will be attending. Many of our congregants have attended bat mitzvahs in the greater community where girls lein or lead services but know that the daughter of the Orthodox rabbi will probably have a

The Way We Judge Others Judges Ourselves

January 24, 2018, by

I am telling the following true story with permission but I am changing the names. There are two players, one of whom isn’t even aware that she’s involved in this story. We’ll call one Mrs. Partridge and the other Mrs. Huxtable. Mrs. Partridge is a family friend and Mrs. Huxtable is a co-worker of my


January 24, 2018, by

“Your heart stopped for three and a half seconds,” the cardiologist said, after I answered the phone in my kitchen. “Did you feel anything two nights ago?” “No.” I did remember falling into a deep sleep after getting up in the middle of the night. “How do you feel today?” he asked. “I feel off

“Kosher, Shmosher”

January 22, 2018, by

In the interest of full disclosure, I must first state that I’m writing this on a dare. Here are some excerpts from an actual conversation with a friend via Facebook messenger (complete with grammatical shorthand common to the medium; don’t judge us!): Friend: Thinking of a much needed girls’ night out…interested? [link to information about

Pompoms: Are They a Religious Thing?

January 16, 2018, by

Despite the recent record-breaking cold, it’s been a most heartwarming time for our family.  One of our married couples welcomed into this world their second child, their first son. Most births are accompanied by stories and our 8-pound prince owns his:  He was born during the “winter cyclone” when the East Coast of the United States

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