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Revisiting the Holy and the Ordinary (Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:14 PM

This week's Torah portion includes, in the words of anthropologist Mary Douglas, a "hoary old puzzle from biblical scholarship." As Douglas put it, "Why should some locusts, but not all, be unclean? Why should the frog be clean and the mouse and the hippopotamus unclean? What have chameleons, moles and...

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Other Stories, Others' Stories (Parshat Vayechi, Genesis 47:28 - 50:26)

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 12:06 PM

This November, I attended the first annual conference of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Afterwards, I posted on my Facebook page a picture of 100 Jewish and Muslim women--old and young; bareheaded, hijabi, and a few in yarmulkes. One of my Jewish friends commented on the posting, "Did you...

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Manna to Worms: Spiritual and Political Lessons from Heavenly Bread (Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16)

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Each Friday afternoon, I spread a tablecloth on my dining room table, place two braided loaves of bread on the cloth, and then cover the bread with another cloth, one of several specially designed, beautiful challah covers we have accumulated over the years....

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Orange is the New Black: Incarceration in America (Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

(32) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:28 PM

"Heartbreaking and hilarious" is how Netflix describes its new series Orange Is the New Black, which premiered on July 11 (all 13 episodes are now available live to subscribers). Based on the 2010 memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman,...

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