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It being Thanksgiving weekend, some reflections on gratitude are in order. Thanksgiving is that wonderful American holiday that we as Jews can and should celebrate without hesitation. Its themes of gratitude and family resonate strongly with...

Dec 03, 2019
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Va-yera 2019
This week, I had occasion to visit another synagogue in the New York area. It is nowhere near here, and I will not name it in order to protect the innocent. As I wandered around looking for my meeting, I saw a large sign near...

Nov 19, 2019
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Alison Spodek Keimowitz was dying. She lay in a hospital bed, dying of leukemia as a 37 year old mother of two children. Her illness, of course, took a toll on her mental state. She was too blown apart by her illness and intensive treatment to...

Nov 07, 2019
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Megan Devine is a psychotherapist in private practice. She had worked with hundreds of people facing any number of problems that led them to her office: substance addiction, abuse, trauma, and grief. She devoted her career to building up people’s...

Oct 10, 2019
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In the spirit of Yom Kippur, I have a confession to make. About two years ago, I was preparing for my wedding and had to assemble my wedding party. I had always intended to include my sister. We had spoken about it generally, but I never asked...

Oct 10, 2019
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As you may know, I spend an hour at Starbucks once a week in an attempt to make myself accessible to the congregation and the broader community. Now, for a shameless plug—please come by any Thursday from 8-9am to chat. While I often do end up...

Oct 01, 2019
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I had many expectations for going in to this first year at KTI and of my rabbinate. I expected to celebrate happy moments and mourn during sad ones. I expected to learn and to teach. I expected to meet lots of people and bring them into my life....

Oct 01, 2019
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There’s an image that has made the rounds in recent months in Jewish spaces online. It’s a still from an online video series that teaches basic Yiddish. As a sample sentence to demonstrate some grammatical point, it flashes the phrase, “the Jews...

Aug 25, 2019
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This week, the attorney general announced a change in the interpretation in US asylum law. As you may know, under federal law, someone seeking asylum must prove a credible fear of persecution in his or her home country based on religion, race,...

Aug 09, 2019
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I had the great pleasure a few months ago of reading this recent book, The Soul of the Stranger, by Joy Ladin. Joy Ladin is transgender; she was raised as a boy and as an adult came to realize and express her true identity as a woman, an...

Aug 09, 2019

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