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Monday, November 30, 2020

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From Darkness to Wisdom — Thoughts on Torah Portion Vayeitzei 2020

I can imagine Jacob justifiably bemoaning his fate as he trudges toward Paddam Aram. Jacob was the one, the Bible tells us, who was...

Theology of Thanksgiving: Whom Shall We Thank?

We must give up either Divine power or Divine goodness.

Thanksgiving: Two Stories, Retold

For our Thanksgiving to do its redemptive work, we must tell the stories that are truly worthy of real gratitude: stories in which we can all see ourselves and hear our voices in all their divergences and disparities, stories too nuanced and complex to be told only once.

Table for Five: Vayeitzei

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And an angel of God said to me in a dream, 'Jacob!' And I...

Remembering Dr. Sharon Gillerman

We mourn the untimely death, on Nov 20th, of our beloved friend, teacher and colleague, Dr. Sharon Gillerman, scholar of modern European Jewish history...

Table for Five: Toldot

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And the Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two...

What Do We Need?

My mom and I began to discuss Thanksgiving, a favorite holiday among the Guzik family. Usually, the dining room is bursting with relatives, new...

Shameful Acts

As I have watched the election unfold, I have done exactly what I vowed not to do: scroll through Facebook and Instagram. And while...

Table for Five: Chayei Sarah

Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And they summoned Rebecca, and they said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said,...

A Videocast Exploring Tikkun Olam

To what extent is Tikkun Olam — fixing the world — at the heart of Judaism’s purpose? This question has been part of a...

Two Thoughts on the Election

I have, consciously and intentionally (and to the dismay of some of my friends and congregants), kept my Facebook page, and certainly my position...

Table for Five: Vayera

Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist The LORD appeared to by the terebinths of Mamre; he was sitting at the entrance of the...

Obituaries: Oct. 23, 2020

Pauline Abrahams died Oct. 20 at 83. Survived by daughter Lynne; sons Keith, Mark, Alan; brothers Clive, Marc. Hillside Janet Arenberg died Oct. 21 at...

Digital Platform Blends Technology and Spirituality for Easy Online Services

In 2011, Rabbi Daniel Medwin had an idea to digitize prayerbooks and project them onto a screen using a PowerPoint slideshow format. He never...

Table for Five: Lech Lecha

Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist I will not take so much as a thread or a sandal strap from what is yours, so...

Table for Five: Noach

Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall enter the ark, with your sons, your...

Those Shtiebel Moments

A dear congregant gifted me a beautiful memoir about her father growing up in Poland during the Shoah. Prior to the onset of the...

My Intersectionality Problem

One of the most influential and challenging social theories of the early twenty-first century has been the idea of intersectionality. As defined by the...

Taco Tuesday

Our family members went around the table to discuss their favorite Jewish holidays. I love Sukkot. Our older children gave solid explanations for Hanukkah...

Why Read the Same Stories Over and Over?

The reason we read the Torah anew each year is not because the Torah changes, but because we do.

Table for Five: Bereshit

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist When God began to create heaven and earth — the earth being astonishingly empty,...

Obituaries: Oct. 16, 2020

Eugene W. Berk died Sept. 25 at 90. Survived by nieces Pam, Karen; nephews Damian, Scott. Neptune Society William Bernstein died Oct. 7 at 87. Survived by...

Black/Jewish Justice Alliance Rethinks Safety and Security

Discussions on safety, security, white supremacy and allyship were at the forefront of the second annual Heschel/King Forum put on by the Black/Jewish Justice Alliance (BJJA) on Oct. 8.

Is the Roof Falling In?

My husband, Rabbi Erez Sherman, and I developed a new routine upon entering and sitting in our sukkah. We look around, sideways and, eventually,...

Same Sukkah, Big Changes

Years ago, we inherited a beautiful sukkah from our good friends Cantor Arianne Brown and Rabbi Randall Brown. Next, we shared the sukkah with...

Table for Five: Shemini Atzeret

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist A parable: There was a king of flesh and blood who said to his...

A Jew Never Dances Alone: Celebrating Simchat Torah During Quarantine

We now arrive at the apex of Jewish practice — a rich and beautiful theater of the absurd. This Simchat Torah, a Jew will...

What Happens to Us When Too Much Is Happening?

With this state of high anxiety sure to rise even further in the coming weeks and months, how can we keep our balance and sanity in the midst of the storm?

Ellipsis of a Lifetime

In speaking about relationships, my professor remarked, “With every first hello, there is an impending goodbye.” Meaning that with each birth, new connection, endeavor...

Table for Five: Sukkot

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist The Sages taught: All seven days of Sukkot, a person renders his sukka his...

New Articles

Abbas Seeks United Stance With Amman, Cairo Ahead of Talking to Biden

The Media Line — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas conducted his first diplomatic tour of the year, meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Aqaba...

Rashida Tlaib Retweets ‘From the River to the Sea’ Tweet

The tweet that Tlaib retweeted read, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

Past Tensions Between Biden, Erdoğan Cast Shadow Over Ankara-Washington Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bracing for a stormy four years.

Haley Calls On Trump Admin to Release Report on Number of Palestinian Refugees

Nikki Haley called on the administration to declassify a report detailing the current number of Palestinian refugees who are receiving aid from the UNRWA.

Professor On Leave After Tweeting ‘COVID-19 Is Another Jewish Revolution’

A professor at a university in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after the student newspaper unearthed a series of his anti-Semitic tweets.

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