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It’s Not Easy Being Miss Lebanon

August 29, 2017, by

After the past few months of news, I have decided that I would not want to be Miss Lebanon. Happily, I am in no imminent danger of being named Miss Lebanon because (a) I’m not Lebanese, (b) I’m too old, and (c) I’m not a “Miss.” Unlikeliness of my qualifying notwithstanding, Miss Lebanon is not

Shoftim: On Judging Others and Judging Yourself

August 24, 2017, by

Last week’s Parsha, Parshat Re’eh ends with a very interesting verse: “Every man shall bring as much as he can afford, according to the blessing of the Lord, your God, which He has given you” (Devarim 16:17). Interestingly, this week´s Parsha, Parshat Shoftim starts with the following verse: “You shall set up judges and law

Elul: The 30-Day Cleansing Diet

August 24, 2017, by

One year ago, I looked in the mirror and decided I wasn’t the weight I wanted to be. It wasn’t the first time I had come to this realization. With each baby, there were another few pounds that just wouldn’t go away. I would get frustrated, start a diet that consisted of diet ice cream

In the Place Where a Baal Teshuva Stands

August 22, 2017, by

It is hard to believe that we already halfway through the month of Elul. Elul conjures different images, such as teshuva and, on a more mundane level, menus. In a rabbinic home like ours, Elul also brings the stress of drasha writing, High Holiday programming and designing their accompanying flyers, classes to prepare and invitations

This is America; We Don’t Assassinate Our Politicians

August 22, 2017, by

In a week infamous for neo-Nazi/White Supremacist marches, it’s noteworthy that the second-most reprehensible thing of the week was a Facebook comment by Missouri state senator Maria Nicole Chappelle-Nadal. A friend of hers, as part of an ongoing thread, commented (presumably jokingly), “Now I’ll probably get a visit from the Secret Service.” Chappelle-Nadal replied, “No.

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August 17, 2017, by

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Biking from New York to Florida

August 17, 2017, by

Two visitors enter the Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue in Charleston, SC for mincha/maariv. He is wearing a white shirt and black pants, she is modestly dressed in a skirt and sheitel. They look like a typical frum couple in their sixties. He says they’re originally from Chicago but have just arrived from New York,

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