Repentance is optimistic
Amy LedermanAug 26, 2021
The High Holidays are around the corner and it’s hard to believe that we are once again facing decisions on how, where and with whom to spend them. With the […]
‘Let the heavens rejoice . . . ’
Amy LedermanJul 22, 2021
Last month, I hiked through fields of flowers in Montana, framed by a backdrop of the snow-covered Bridger Mountains. Several weeks later I rented a car in Portland and...
Stories of our lives
Amy LedermanJun 17, 2021
My father passed away almost three years ago — just a few months shy of his 100th birthday. As goal-oriented as he was, I am certain it bothered him that […]
Frail body, amazing mind
Amy LedermanApr 15, 2021
Spring has sprung and along with the warmer temps and new sprigs of green, comes the blossom of hope. For more than a year, COVID has limited our life choices;
Purim and Passover: a tale of two tables
Amy LedermanMar 11, 2021
The experience of celebrating Jewish holidays has been dramatically altered since the onset of the pandemic over a year ago. From solitary Passover seders to attending...
Relationships are the essence of Judaism
Amy LedermanFeb 11, 2021
Human beings are born into relationship. It is our natural way of being — a state of need coupled with desire — without which we languish physically, mentally,...
How COVID has changed our Jewish outlook
Amy LedermanOct 29, 2020
The Jewish High Holidays and Sukkot have come and gone this year, unlike any other, and posed new challenges for all of us because of COVID. Yet, COVID also offered...
Sukkot teaches us to live with uncertainty
Amy LedermanOct 08, 2020
The Jewish New Year of 5781 began with a serious COVID challenge: How can we, as Jews, celebrate our traditions and participate in holiday services during a pandemic,...
A meaningful Rosh Hashanah amid COVID
Amy LedermanSep 03, 2020
Sept. 18, 2020 heralds the first night of Rosh Hashanah and the advent of the Jewish year 5781. But accompanying the traditional apples and honey this year is an...
Amy LedermanAug 06, 2020
She opened her copy of The New York Times and I watched as her face turned pale. On the front page of the Metro section was a full-page picture captioned, […]