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The Past is not Past

In 2008-2009, Adira and I were living in Israel. That winter, tensions with Hamas in Gaza erupted into war. Here is what I wrote to our family then, on January 4, 2009. I believe I could, more than likely, have written it … Continue reading

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23 Daily Devotions from 2013

Almost every day in 2013, I posted a reflection, a piece of wisdom, a passage from the Jewish tradition, or a devotional on my Facebook page. Here are my 23 favorites. Hope you enjoy, and find some meaning in these … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Talking to Friends in Mourning

Recently, there was a tragic death in my community. A beloved man went on a morning bike ride with his wife and didn’t come back. The pain of the tragedy was deep and pervasive throughout the community: He was young, … Continue reading

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All Are Responsible

In ancient Israel, a person who accidentally killed another was commanded to flee to one of six Cities of Refuge (Numbers 35:9-34; Deuteronomy 19:1-14). Ostensibly (and perhaps surprisingly), this protocol was intended to help protect the accidental killer from anyone … Continue reading

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Camp Where the Clouds Are

In last week’s parashah, B’ha’alotkha, we learned that when our ancestors were travelling through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, they knew where to make camp only when they saw God’s cloud. Where the cloud was, they … Continue reading

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The light that can dispel the Boston bombing’s darkness

“We are not safe.” That was the resigned and terrified refrain echoed in the media following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. It was as if we were collectively saying we should have been safe following September 11, when we … Continue reading

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Post-Traumatic Growth

Last week, the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School left many of us (even though we were not directly affected by the tragedy) feeling torn apart and traumatized. In the aftermath of a traumatic event, many people, despite … Continue reading

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Israel, Iran, and Trayvon Martin

Reposted from: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/the-line-connecting-trayvon-martin-and-an-israeli-attack-on-iran-1.426760 “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it? That’s right, it’s a duck. But this duck is a nuclear duck and it’s time the world started … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Pilgrimage to Whitwell – Parashat Shemini/Yom Ha-Shoah 2012

This past Sunday and Monday, I accompanied a group of our teens and parents to Whitwell, Tennessee.  It was a pilgrimage, of sorts, to visit the Whitwell Middle School Children’s Holocaust Memorial, the culmination of what has become known worldwide … Continue reading

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