How Should We Translate Pirkei...

May 20, 2019 by

A decade ago, Rabbi Dr. Andrea Weiss, now the Provost of HUC-JIR, taught me a new term: “gender-accurate translation.” No, I was not...

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Prayer and Pancakes at CCAR Co...

Apr 2, 2019 by

A day that begins at a historic synagogue and concludes with lemon ricotta pancakes is an excellent one, if you ask me. In between...

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What Does “Brit” Mean to Liber...

Apr 1, 2019 by

In 2015, my husband and I welcomed our 8-day-old daughter into a covenant with God.  We had a brit ceremony, using the Hebrew word...

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Walking the Plank

Mar 12, 2019 by

Our twin themes of the 2019 CCAR Convention in Cincinnati are the celebrations of both the 130th birthday of the Central Conference...

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Eulogy for Albert Vorspan

Feb 22, 2019 by

This Eulogy for Albert Vorspan was shared with permission from Rabbi David Stern: I am standing here today because of a sacred pact...

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When Vision Replaces Anger

Jan 22, 2019 by

I’ve been thinking about darkness. In part, that is because there has literally been so much darkness during these last several...

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On Global Jewish Responsibilit...

Jan 9, 2019 by

This is an excerpt from the essay, “On Global Jewish Responsibility: Putting the Olam in Tikkun Olam,” by Ruth W. Messinger and Rabbi...

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Accessing the World of Meaning...

Nov 21, 2018 by

The tension between keva and kavanah in our worship is always there.  The fixed texts of our liturgy guide us through our daily...

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