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Without RBG, a Rosh Hashanah Like No Other

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RBG opened the gates of justice wider for women and for everyone in this country.

With RBG’s Passing, A Rosh Hashanah Like No Other

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I take comfort in the idea that I spent Rosh Hashanah in a way Justice Ginsburg would have liked. After leading virtual services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, for the rest of the holiday, I watched the virtual services led by Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva and Rabbi Sharon Brous of Ikar, both of whom paid tribute to Justice Ginsburg.
Good News Comes from Angels - A Poem for Haftarah Naso by Rick Lupert

It’s Time We Make Way for the Angels and Act in God’s Image

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This time of Elul prompts each of us to reflect on the personal lessons we have learned. But what have we learned collectively?

What the Coronavirus Can’t Take Away From Us

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The coronavirus is a swift and powerful thief. Many of these losses are unavoidable and irreplaceable. But is there anything we can reclaim for ourselves?

Fireworks and Wildflowers

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As the sound of fireworks kept me awake at 2 a.m., all I could think about was August 2021. My sister Mira told me earlier...

Another Place: The Place of Blessing and Love

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In early June, at one of his nightly press briefings, Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced Capri Maddox who is the first executive director of the...

A Lifeline in the Waves

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Is there no maximum allowable level of tsuris (troubles)? Last week, my daughter wore the dress we bought for her bat mitzvah party to my...

Finding Love in the Shadow of Death

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“Can I wear my bat mitzvah party dress to Stanley’s funeral?” my daughter Hannah asked me. “Otherwise, I won’t get a chance to wear...

The Viral Spread of Hope

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On Shabbat, Rabbi Jon Hanish led a Holocaust Remembrance Zoom service. He was reading the yahrzeit list of names when an intruder scrawled a...

The World’s Weirdest Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is usually one of our busiest days of the year. We normally have brunch with my mother-in-law and extended family at a...

The Trick: A Yom HaShoah Reflection

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I woke up at 6:30 am (on a day when I could have slept in) and my mind started racing: What if I lose...

The Transitive Property

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“We cried out to Adonai, the God of our ancestors, and Adonai heard our plea and saw our affliction, our misery and our oppression.” ...

My Day with the King

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“I have one of these in my palace,” said the King, as we walked through the Skirball, pointing to an ancient artifact. This was...

Open Heart

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Last week, having heard that Elie Wiesel passed away, I picked one of his books off my office bookshelf.  What better way to honor...

My Favorite Part

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In my home, there’s one refrain I often hear. Whenever I turn off the television while my son is watching, he invariably says, “No,...

The Un-birthday Gift

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     Each year, a few days before each of my children’s birthdays, a package arrives at the door from Louise, my former congregant. Inside...

The Real Miracle

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One morning on the way to school, my son Jeremy asked me, “Are the stories of the Torah real?” Jeremy (who is nine years old)...

Me Too

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     Last night, I gave my nine-year-old son, Jeremy a practice spelling test to prepare him for his spelling exam. “Me too,” said my...

The Angel’s Cry

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The Bedtime Question

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“Why does Abbah (Dad) want to listen to Israeli radio so much?” My eight year old son Jeremy asked me as I was tucking...

The Chart

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Who goes first? This question is central in my household nowadays, as my eight year old son and five year old daughter frequently argue...

The Piano

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As dance class was about to begin, I struck up a conversation with my friend Dana, who was trying the class for the first...

The Gifts We Make

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My son recently celebrated his eighth birthday, and I spent the few days prior to his party baking the birthday cake. On Friday, I...

Praying Feet

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Last week, I went to a dance class which differed from any I had previously taken. The dance itself was similar to what I...

The Closure

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On July 16th and 17th, a ten mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for 53 hours. For the past month, the...

An Offering of Wholeness

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Last week, my family and I went to Souplantation for dinner. While we were eating, a colleague, Rabbi Morley Feinstein, came over to our...

Bumps in the Road

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Recently, my kids and I walked from our home to the park a few blocks away. My son Jeremy decided to roller-skate there, even...

What Do You Do?

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Recently, I was invited to a dinner party at a friend’s home along with many guests. I sat down beside a woman I’d never...

The Kindness of Strangers

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Recently, I lost my keys, as I walked to synagogue on a Saturday morning. I was pushing my daughter Hannah in her tricycle....

The Transitive Property

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This week was tough. Someone in my life lost a job. Someone in my life was losing their home. A friend was physically assaulted...
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