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Temporary Dwellings

October 3, 2017, by

Last Elul, I put all my belongings in storage and hit the open road. For the next ten months, I had no home. I was a nomad living on the road, visiting cities and Jewish communities across the United States. The trip began in New York and took me from the East Coast to West

Israel’s top tennis player quits mid-match for Yom Kippur

October 2, 2017, by

Dudi Sela, Israel’s top-ranked men’s singles tennis player, quit mid-game at the Wuhan Open in China on Friday due to the imminent start of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Sela, ranked 77 in the world, was down 1-0 in the third set of his quarter-final game with Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. They split

Sukkot: Keeping the Big Picture in Mind

October 1, 2017, by

Anger is a force of nature stronger than any tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake I’ve experienced. While the latter can destroy cars and buildings, anger can destroy human beings. Every day during my morning commute on the bus, I see regular people—moms and dads, lawyers and accountants—screaming at each other over who gets the window seat.

When Death Comes Around the High Holidays

September 28, 2017, by

When I was a little girl in Hebrew School, September and October always came with the teaching of the High Holidays, of course. The image that always stuck with me most – from year to year – was that of God writing in his Book of Life – which I’d always pictured as big and

Donkey Kong, Secret Agent Man, and Reframing

September 28, 2017, by

Have you ever had days (weeks? months?) when you felt like your life had become a wearing, stumbling cha-cha of “two steps forward and one step back”?  (Or worse yet, one step forward and two steps back?) When you felt like your every moment was a furious but futile attempt to scramble up the down escalator, in hope of

Rate My Service

September 28, 2017, by

This article appears courtesy of aish.com I recently needed some guitar supplies for a kumzitz. I didn’t feel like shlepping to the stores I normally go to, and wondered if there was a closer store I might have overlooked. With the help of Google, I discovered a store called Mike’s Music, that was located only

Nobody Here But Us Chickens

September 28, 2017, by

I ran into a strange Halachic debate with my students in class this week. The question under discussion was this. Let’s say someone ate and then used the facilities and they now need to say both “Asher Yatzar” and “Bracha Achrona”.  Which comes first? So the Maharshal says that Asher Yatzar is first priority because

A Prayer for the Days of Awe

September 19, 2017, by

Master of the Universe, let us make up. It is time. How long can we go on being angry? More than 50 years have passed since the nightmare was lifted. Many things, good and less good, have since happened to those who survived it. They learned to build on ruins. Family life was re-created. Children

The Smartphone’s Impact is Nothing New

September 18, 2017, by

Upon the release of the latest iteration of the iPhone, the New York Times shared what they called “a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek look at all the things this ubiquitous gadget has laid to waste.” Forgive me for sounding like a company man but I don’t see the downside in losing the things we have allegedly lost.

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