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Wandering and Welcoming (Lech Lecha -- Genesis 12:1-17:27)

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:33 PM

This week's Torah reading begins with the command, "Lech lecha": Go forth. Go out from your land and from your father's house. Go.

When my husband and I first met, he told me that his family had a kind of motto: "Set yourself in motion and things will happen to...

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Blessing Our Counting (Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:57 AM

In Jewish sacred time, this is the season of counting.

Every day, from the second night of Passover to the festival of Shavuot, we literally count our days. The period is known as the Omer, originally rooted in the agricultural rhythms of ancient Israel, a time of both anxiety and...

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Rejoicing on Sukkot

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 4:08 PM

In the rhythm of Jewish time, the festival of Sukkot is known as "z'man simchateinu," or "season of our joy." On Sukkot, joy is halakhically mandated; we are not only invited to be joyful, we are obligated to do so.

I don't know...

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Numbers 16:1-18:32: Are Our Children Special? The Paradox Of Parenting

(17) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 11:12 AM

In the last few weeks, a new You Tube sensation has emerged. It is the recording of a high school commencement address -- now widely known as the "You're Not Special" speech.

The address was given by David McCullough, a...

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