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Reflections

What does it mean to be Jewish?

Several years ago, I was asked to speak about being Jewish in America today to a large interfaith audience. It was extremely difficult to try to wrap my head around such...

A story of faith and hope

PASSOVER EDITION 5778 SECTION C PAGE 19 I was born and raised in northern New Jersey but haven’t lived there since 1976, when a college degree, combined with...

Israel provides medical assistance and dignity

Driving up the mountainous road to Mt. Bental, I feel the temperature drop and the wind pick up as we reach the 3,800-foot peak where an abandoned Israeli army outpost,...

The sounds of silence

One of the hallmarks of modern society is unrelenting noise. The persistent sounds of traffic, sirens, cell phones, television and unsolicited conversations are all part...

Cultivating pride and identity in a foreign land

Brazil was nothing like I had expected. Lush, bustling and diverse, it was a thriving country of varied landscapes and cultures. My family’s primary reason for going...

Learning to embrace uncertainty

In 1980, I began my career as a law clerk working at the Arizona Court of Appeals. My job was to research issues for the judge and work on draft opinions, which would...

Maintaining relevancy in a dotcom world

I have a habit of calling my dad on Friday afternoons. In my mind, it’s my “pre-Shabbat” ritual of connecting with him, but in truth, it’s due to more practical...

Jewish geography is more than a game

We all know how to play the game. You go to a party and the woman next to you mentions that she just moved from Detroit and for the next few minutes, the conversation...

High Holiday knock-knock joke

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5778SECTION D PAGE 19 “Knock knock!” “Who’s there?” “Me.” “Me who?” A silly childhood joke, right?  Perhaps, but it could also...

A treasure chest of family history

It all began in 2001 with my mother’s insatiable curiosity and desire to discover more about her background and family.  I had heard stories since I was a young girl...