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The Cossacks Are Coming

The Cossacks came for me this week. Well, they came because of something nice. That’s my Leo moon, trying to look on the bright side. The...

Back in the Saddle

When I was a little girl, I briefly got to take horse-back riding lessons.

A Dream Like King’s

  Contracts benefit, but covenants transform, the former mere transactions but relationships the latter, pulpit and platform where minds are open, never shut. Cooperating, fauna which have selfish genes survive...

Thou Shalt Get Vaccinated

  This is the way I’m telling everybody to be vaccinated, learning from the Torah that we must do this to stay alive. The Torah tells us...

Closed Lips – A poem for Torah Portion Vaera

But Moses said before the Lord, "Behold, I am of closed lips; so how will Pharaoh hearken to me?" Exodus 6:30 Closed lips – Is it a medical condition? Does...

A Moment in Time: Bringing Goodness into the World

Dear all, I’ve been working with an incredible young person in our congregation whose Bat Mitzvah is this coming Shabbat. Her name is Maya (no...

Protesting is Democratic Until it Turns Violent

Across the world, we watched in disbelief as the news unfolded, and took in live video of the protesters, as they breached the Congress...

A City Girl in the Country

I feel a sense of belonging here.

A Dog Named Tank

Tank and I are training each other, and it is very fine.

Remembering Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Founder of Sandals Resorts

Mr. Stewart was a beacon of light for all that knew him.  He created many opportunities for his country, Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and...

Smile Although Your Heart Is Aching

Smile although your heart is aching, forget about the fact you’re faking. You’re making too much of life’s tsimmes every time you make a grimace instead of seizing...

This Way and That – A poem for Parsha Shemot

He turned this way and that way, and he saw that there was no man; so he struck the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Exodus...

A Moment in Time: Response to Washington. Our Rights – and Responsibilities as Decent Human Beings

Dear all, Each year (save this year because of COVID), the students of Temple Akiba travel to Washington D.C. to lobby before our elected officials...

The Farms Keep Flooding

As the winter months approach and settle in, so too comes the heavy rain and its familiar side effects—urban flooding, including instances of flooded...

Final Arrangements – A poem for Torah Portion Vayechi

And Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am going to die… …And I have given you one portion over your brothers..." Genesis 48:21-22 Someone I know once...

Good-bye 2020: We Said Go Travel News Dec 2020

Dec News 2020 with We Said Go Travel: As the ten years of 2020 begins to end, this quote from the movie, The Martian, seems very...

Being Unharmed By Chopped Liver

Just thinking of our ethnic dishes can make digestive juices run and Jewish holidays such fun–– chopped liver and gefilte fishes. Gastronomy will save the Jews until they’ve earned...

Operation Santa and the Need for “Spontaneous Cooperation”

By Elwood Hopkins Buckminster Fuller often noted that that we have enough wealth and technological capacity for everyone in the world to live in abundance...

A Moment in Time: What Gave it Away that I was Jewish during this Season?

Dear all, Ron and I were checking out of the grocery store when the cashier wished me a “Happy Hanukkah.” I looked to Ron and asked,...

Verklemptitude – A poem for Torah Portion Vayigash

And he wept out loud, so the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard. Genesis 45:2 It doesn’t take much to get me to weep. A minor...

Standing on the Backs and Shoulders of Giants

Today I had a needle inserted into me. A medication created by scores of scientists who I trust with my life was injected into...

If I Learned The World Would End Tomorrow

Some people once to Martin Luther turned and asked: “What would you do, sir, if you learned the world would end tomorrow?” to which he replied: “Good...

My Super Birthday Staycation at Hotel Erwin

THANK YOU HOTEL ERWIN in Venice Beach, California VIDEO: My October Birthday Staycation at the Hotel Erwin https://youtu.be/CczBLJW0aCk I have always loved High Rooftop Lounge at the...

A Moment in Time: Recognizing God’s Voice

Dear all, I take the babies on a walk 4-5 times a week through the hills. (Yes, I am always wearing a mask). It isn’t...

What Have I Done? – A Poem for Torah Portion Miketz

And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh the king of Egypt Genesis 41:46 When I was thirty years old, I had overcome nothing. It was...

A Chanukah Gift: Sex and Judaism, You’re Welcome!

"Sex & Judaism, You're Welcome" is a free online learning program of B’Yachad Together at AJU (American Jewish University) which offers immersive experiential digital learning. Laura...

Poem: Olive

A taste as old as cold, cold water, don’t put them in long drinks, but shorter martinis or a Bloody Mary. They clear the head and make...

This ‘Chanukah Fun Truck’ Brings ‘Eight Magical Nights’ to Special Needs Children Throughout New Jersey

The Truck comes complete with a large dreidel display, crafts, VR games, an instant photo booth, and holiday treats and prizes.

The Sacred Family Latkes

I come from a family that has strong feelings about latkes.

DREAM CATCHERS: POPS the CLUB Anthology

What is POPS the Club? It transforms the lives of teens with incarcerated loved ones. POPS stands for Pain of The Prison System. 1...

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