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Sermons: unity, not politics

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5779 SECTION D PAGE 19 What was American Jewry’s greatest failing in 5778? With Rosh Hashanah approaching beginning on Sept. 9, we should all...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #18

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5779 SECTION A PAGE 4 Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way...

Eulogy for a little bird

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5779 SECTION D PAGE 19 With the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur season upon us, it is that time of year when the central philosophical question —...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #17

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #17, “Limited pleasure” What is pleasure? By...

To repair with gold

For a while now, I’ve been intrigued by Japanese culture. It was at a Thanksgiving dinner where I was a guest a number of years ago when somehow the conversation...

Chappaquiddick

Alleged crimes. Alleged lies. Cover ups. Pay offs. No, I’m not talking about President Donald Trump, but Senator Ted Kennedy. The story told in “Chappaquiddick”...

Betsy Ray meets librarian Miss Sparrow. Illustration by Lois Lenski from Betsy-Tacy Go Downtown (via The Besty-Tacy Encyclopedia)

Kanopy

In my favorite childhood book series, “Betsy-Tacy,” the protagonist’s world widens, both geographically and metaphorically, when she’s old enough to go downtown...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #16b

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #16b, “Portion Control” “Portion...

Elul alchemy

I wasn’t ready for it. I opened Facebook and began reading a friend’s status that appeared on my screen: “As I do every Fall, I double checked the emergency box...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #16a

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #16, “Limited marital relations” Some...