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Honey Cake for a Sweet New Year

Part of my sermon writing and service preparation ritual is baking. Though I am not a congregational rabbi, this is the one time a year when I regularly have congregational responsibilities. For the last 18 years I have served as … Continue reading

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The Meat Compromise, and a Recipe for Vegetarian “Chopped Liver”

We all make compromises for those we love. I have been a non-meat-eater since 1981. Though I confess to eating my mother’s chicken broth once a year at her seder, aside from that I have not eaten meat or chicken since I was a senior … Continue reading

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Leaning In, Leaning Out, and Just Managing to Stand Up: Notes from a Working Mother

In less than a week I will no longer be the mother of teenagers. A major life phase will be over. Don’t worry – I know full well that I’ll still be doing plenty of parenting for many years to come. I’m … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance: An Elul Reflection

I was just asked via my High Holy Day pulpit’s Facebook page if I can guarantee that we’ll have a minyan of ten men for someone who wants to say Kaddish on Rosh HaShanah.  My first thought was, you know … Continue reading

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Some Good Books Part 2

Fall is here, and the Tishrei holidays are (almost) over.  That means that it’s time to get back to reading for pure pleasure.  Here is a round-up of some of the best books of the last months.  Even though I … Continue reading

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My Great-Grandmother’s Abortions

Elected officials across this country seem to believe that they have the right to control women’s reproductive health. We have a seen a dramatic rise in lawmakers who think they know better than we do, and better than our doctors … Continue reading

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Good Books: Some Suggestions for Summer Reading

What’s a good book?  Seems to be a question I discuss a lot.  People are always asking me for recommendations.  And there’s almost nothing I like better than sitting with a fellow-reader and talking about books – what we loved … Continue reading

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For Mother’s Day: Thank You for Making Me a Reader

I come from a long line of reading mothers.  Forget mom and apple pie – for me it’s mothers and books that go together. All of the mothers in my life, past and present, are (or were) huge readers and … Continue reading

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A Poetry Review for Yom HaAtzmaut

If you love modern Hebrew poetry, the book These Mountains: Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam (The Toby Press, 2009), translated and with an introduction by Linda Stern Zisquit, must be a part of your collection.  This volume is the first time that … Continue reading

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