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Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin
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Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin is the spiritual leader of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in Queens, N.Y and a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow.

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It is Hard to Pray for Peace

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:07 AM

I spent last week in Israel on a rabbinic mission sponsored by AIPAC's Educational Foundation. This trip was planned months before three Israeli boys were kidnapped and murdered and one Palestinian boy was burnt alive. That the mission began as the violence escalated can only be defined as bizarre irony....

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Can We Please Tone Down Mother's Day This Year?

(11) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:35 AM

Back in September, this rabbi was keeping a secret from her congregation on Yom Kippur. I was eating on a fast day! There was no shame involved because I was pregnant. While I had not yet made the big news public, I was already daydreaming about a summer maternity leave....

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Desperately Seeking Sandy Response

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Back in June, Faith in New York, in partnership with the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding, the Sandy Regional Assembly, and the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance convened a mayoral candidates summit entitled Reviving Our City. Mayor de Blasio actively participated in this summit while on the campaign trail.

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Bless and Remember the Children of Newtown

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Hamal'ach Hago'el oti. The Angel who redeemed me from all harm-bless the lads. In them may my name be recalled, and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. And may they be teeming multitudes upon the earth. (Genesis 48:16)

These words are part of the blessing that an...

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Resiliency Lessons from Abraham

(22) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:52 AM

The Torah portion of Lech Lecha begins with God, seemingly at random, talking to Abraham. God tells him to leave his native land, his homeland and his father's home to go somewhere else, to an unknown place that God will show him. To the reader, it appears as if God...

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Children of God

(7) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 11:44 AM

This week marks a transition for my husband's family. Monday marked 11 months since my husband's father left the world. That means that come next week, three brothers will complete their 11 months of halachic (Jewish ritual) mourning. This has been a journey for these brothers, dealing with their own...

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Living Within the Tension in Israel

(30) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:05 PM

I recently returned to New York after three weeks away in Israel. While I was there, I drank a limonana almost every day. The lemon and mint slushy beverage is quite refreshing when it is over 90 degrees and humid outside. The limonana symbolizes the Israel that I experienced this...

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Reviving our City

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 6:35 PM

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in the fall, faith leaders rose to the challenge of attempting to provide basic needs -- not only for our own congregants but for the greater community as well. Unfortunately, the families who were hit hardest were the most vulnerable. These families were...

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It Is What's Inside That Counts

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:20 PM

One of the reasons that I do not own a stitch of clothing from Abercrombie and Fitch is because their clothing does not come in my size. Mike Jeffries, the company CEO has been quoted as saying:

In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there...
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Hoping for Religious Pluralism in Israel

(18) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time, whether by coincidence or not, can lead to macro change. I learned that a few days ago.

This past February, I traveled to Kiev and then Israel as a delegate of the Jewish Federations of North America's Rabbinic Cabinet mission....

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Uniting Against Sex Trafficking

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 2:37 PM

On April 22 I attended the "We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites against Sex Trafficking" conference at the UJA Federation of New York offices. Those in attendance heard from a girl who used the pseudonym Sarah. Sarah is a young 20-something, herself a Jewish victim of sex trafficking.

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