The echo of Kristallnacht - from 71 years ago to today

I didn't want to write about the Holocaust again. It hurts too much. Surely with so many other things happening in the world, I could just let mention of the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht pass by unspoken, couldn't I? Just once? Then I read this, reported in the Sacramento Bee about events this week: ...more

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Thanks, U.N. Watch

You might have seen this earlier (the date is October 16th), but I only just saw this video today, sent to me in an email by a friend, a mother of a young man who fought with the IDF in Jenin....more

Kashrut, Ahimsa, and Picky Eaters at Family Meals

On any given night, I make three meals, which may sound like your house as well, except that our reasons probably differ for the assortment of choices at the dinner table. Our family keeps kosher and we practice ahimsa, which means that our five-year-old twins need to perform mental math on a daily basis weighing out what they want for dessert vs. what they want for dinner and divide by how hungry they are in the moment. ...more

It's cool to hear how people work it out living in a non-kosher friendly area (because it ...more

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