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Jennifer Krause is the author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time (Perigee). Her writing and commentary also have been featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Jennifer is the High Holidays rabbi at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y.

Entries by Rabbi Jennifer Krause

'Zero Sum Dark Thirty': Stop the Torture

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Spoiler Alert: Aspects of this post may reveal details or plot points you may not want to know if you have not seen the movie and intend to do so.

Zero Dark Thirty has been much maligned as a film that glorifies torture and its integral -- if not...

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The Sounds of Wayne LaPierre's Silence

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:18 PM

In the Book of Isaiah we read: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."

Yet it appears National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre desires a nation that remains dangerously divided by the Second Amendment and its applications; it appears he wants our children...

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Brothers in Arms: Isaac, Ishmael and Sandy Hook

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 10:08 AM

Biblical tales of brothers and sisters are infamously fraught. The Book of Genesis offers one of the first, if not one of the most well-known and tragically unresolved, fissures between two siblings: Isaac and Ishmael.

Isaac and Ishmael, both the sons of Abraham, truly are relative strangers. They are the...

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In a Tucson State of Mind: The Sabbath After the Shooting

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 1:40 PM

I am a native Tucsonan.

While I now have lived more of my life on the East Coast than I did in the desert Southwest where I was born and raised, the familiar mountain backdrop on every television screen, the voices of people I know on the radio, and...

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Saving Facebook

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 1:03 PM

We've likely all heard by now that Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, announced his $100 challenge grant to help overhaul the Newark school system on the Oprah Winfrey Show. As close to achieving Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie Mccoy's dream to "be on the cover of Forbes magazine"...

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Don't Pray for Christopher Hitchens

(752) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 8:18 AM

For some, Monday, September 20, was "Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day." But if you truly want to support Christopher Hitchens as he undergoes treatment for esophageal cancer, don't pray for him on any day.

One of the most well known biblical commandments is to love one's neighbor as one...

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A Time for War, A Time for Peace Prizes

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2009 | 3:57 PM

Whether your reference point is Ecclesiastes or The Byrds, most of us have a passing familiarity with the words, "To everything there is a set time and season, a time for every experience under heaven." Ecclesiastes' biblical poem includes the phrase, "a time for war and a time for peace."...

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Real Men Eat Field Turf

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2009 | 1:26 PM

This past Sunday, the NFL upped the ante on what it means to be a Real Man and on what it means to be a person.

Burly defensive tackles whose jerseys barely cover their bellys-turned-fortress walls sported pink sweatbands, lightening fast wide receivers sprinted into end zones in pink...

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Sorry Seems to Be the Easiest Word

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 11:48 AM

Joe Wilson and Kanye West. Kanye West and Joe Wilson. Men who will ever share a beer (or some cognac)? Unlikely. Men who have something in common? Absolutely. Both are sorry.

It's difficult to pare down the current sorry-fest to focus solely on the representative from South Carolina and the...

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Fashion Forward

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 2:34 PM

Some of us may put our pants on one leg at a time, but others risk a punishment of forty lashes if they dare do so. Lubna Ahmed Al Hussein knew the latter could be her fate, but she put her pants on anyway. As the world watched her go...

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Save The Children

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2009 | 11:04 AM

Once upon a time, "Save the Children" meant late-night infomercials featuring Sally Struthers and periodic cutaways to starving children in Africa whom we could save "for just pennies a day."

Unfortunately, the children -- all over the world, and right in our own backyard -- are still starving. But...

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Family Feud: If It Bends...

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 3:55 PM

Oh, Ruth and Sunda. A lawsuit? Really?

Mrs. Zafrin, Sunda Croonquist is your son's wife and the mother of your grandchildren. She is a comedian in a long, long line of comedians who have poked fun in a hyperbolic manner at their mothers-in-law. I'm fairly certain those of Henny Youngman,...

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Compassionate Release Redux

(9) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 11:03 AM

Hundreds of planes took off on August 20, 2009, just as they did on December 21, 1988. I didn't see Pan Am Flight 103 went it went wheels up that day, but I did see it in pieces on the ground on television. I did not see all of...

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For Heaven's Sake, See the Movie!

(8) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 11:10 AM

I don't know about you, but summer serves up such a huge bumper-crop of movies that I barely know what to see first.

For instance, I've heard amazing things about a couple of new flicks, now playing in a high school cafeteria or community center near you:...

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