Eighth Day of Awe: Communication

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Sixth Day of Awe: Human Potential

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Fifth Day of Awe: Soul’s Purpose

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Muslim Ramadan images - from recipes to synagogue-sharing

Ramada begins this weekend. For Muslims, this begins a month of prayer, reflection and sunrise-to-sunset fasts. It is a time for deep reflection and for extensive giving to charities. ...more

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Some Things Aren't Meant to Be

Somethings Aren't Meant to Be or Finding Meaning in the Seemingly Unmeaningful  ...more

The lesson of Tisha B'Av - Focus mourning, then move through it.

Not a lot of people have ever even heard of Tisha B'Av, yet it is considered the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. Wednesday night begins Tisha B'Av which lasts until sundown on Thursday. It is a day of deep mourning. A season of important holy days begins in fall (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, most importantly) , and Tisha B'Av sets a tone of contemplation and sadness in preparation. Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av is reportedly the date on which horrible things have happened to the Jewish community. ...more

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Breaking Barriers: The First Female African American Rabbi

Around the time that Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States, a few articles appeared about Michelle Obama's cousin. Rabbi Capers Funnye leads a congreagation of African-American Jews in Chicago, and has worked extensively to bridge the gap between white Jewish congregations and congregations that serve Jews of color. One article that I read suggested that the "mainstream" reform Jewish unions would welcome Rabbi Funnye's congregation as members, but since they are more conservative, they practice gender-segregation during services. ...more

Hump Day

No. Get your mind out of the gutter. ...more

Anne Frank, the Holocaust Shooting and Forgiveness

Anne Frank would have been 80 years old on June 12th.  How ironic that within days of this anniversary, once again Jews were attacked - this time at the Holocaust Museum, a place designed to memorialize the victims, including Anne, of the Holocaust itself.  It's an ironic reminder of what all our mothers  - and most of our rabbis -- told us -- that there will always be people who hate Jews and that they will always find ways to try to hurt us - singly or in great numbers. ...more

Straight But Not Narrow

OnePinky sister, Sara, recently wrote this testimony in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month and I wanted to share it with you all: I like to say that I’m straight, but not narrow. I’m married to a man, but I can appreciate the curves of a woman just as much as I can the broad torso of a man. I might have a crush on Will Smith—but I’ve also had a little thing going for Rosario Dawson for a while (yes, Seven Pounds just made my entire year). ...more