Shabbat Ki Tavo (Deut. 26:1-29:8) In subtle support of the month of Elul in which we read this portion, Torah offers thoughts which allow for self-reflection, corrective action, and a return to our roots. Moses gives instructions how the Israelites should mark our entrance to the Land, how offerings and tithes are meant to support not just the religious framework of... read more

BOOK REVIEW: "The Year Mom God Religion"

“The Year Mom God Religion” (by Lee Meyerhoff Hendler) was published in 1998, so I’m definitely coming late to this party. But so much of what Ms. Meyerhoff Hendler writes resonates with my own journey that I felt it was worth mentioning. The author allows us insight into her own psyche as she made this transition in her life, including a chapter on the family friction it created along... read more

Shabbat Ki Taytzay (Deut. 21:10-25:19) This week Moses continues his detailing of the laws, and one caught my eye this year: (21:15-17) If a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, but the first-born is the son of the unloved one — when he wills his property to his sons, he may not treat as first-born the son... read more

The Twittering of Rabbis in the trees

I have to admit that I’m not big into Twitter, except as a way of promoting, even though I’m a computer geek in my day job. HOWEVER, I just found out about a twitter “tag” (I’ll explain more in a minute) called #whatrabbisdo. It yields some interesting insights into, well, like the tag says, “What Rabbis do”. If you have glossed over the whole... read more

Flashback: the dessert holiday(s)

Judaism divides the calendar into regular days,  (like Purim and Rosh Hashanah) and festivals (like Passover and Sukkot). As American Jews my family adds to that secular holidays – some which we embrace wholeheartedly (Independence Day, Thanksgiving), some which we wrestle with (Halloween, Sweetest Day) and those that we dismiss out of hand (Valentine’s Day. And thank you Rabbi Joe Black for... read more

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