True, Whether It Happened or N...

Jan 9, 2018 by

Critics hate the scene. It’s manufactured. It never happened. Fake news. I’m talking about the episode in The Darkest Hour, when...

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It’s Alright To Cry – Parashat...

Dec 22, 2017 by

Those of us of a certain age will remember Rosey Grier, the pro-football player known for his penchant for needlepoint.  His large...

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A New Amen

Nov 3, 2017 by

The Talmud asks, what is the meaning of the word ‘amen’? Rabbi Ḥanina responds: “It is an acronym of the words: “God, faithful...

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Standing At Sinai

May 26, 2017 by

If ever you meet a fellow Jew and you can’t place where you’ve met before, after a game of “Jewish Geography,” you might just concede...

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Cheshvan: Rehearsal in Honorin...

Nov 4, 2016 by

Synagogues are failing in the most subtle of ways. Under the guise of being supportive and loving communities we have made every...

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Bereshit and My Beloved Cubs

Oct 28, 2016 by

An ode to the intersection of this week’s Torah portion, Bereshit, and my beloved Cubs: In the beginning. . . There was a team...

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When Torah Becomes “Mine...

Oct 20, 2016 by

That look in their eyes when, for the first time in their lives, Torah is placed in their arms, is precious. In that moment, they...

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Finding Refuge in Germany Toda...

Aug 30, 2016 by

The recent Torah portion, Va-et’chanan, is set as the Israelites are about to enter the Promised Land.  The text repeats the command...

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