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Reflections

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...

The spirit of the vine

I recently spent five days hiking and biking through the Burgundy region of France, where my appreciation for the vineyards and vintners of that region was nothing short...

Finding meaning in life’s challenges

The number 40 in the Jewish tradition holds a unique spot in our history and collective psyche. The flood lasted for 40 days. Moses went up to the mountain to receive...

It’s all in the Dad-itude

My dad is a stand up kind of guy. Well, actually, at 98, he is more of a “sit down, I’m tired” kind of guy, but his attitude reflects that of someone much younger....

A time to celebrate ‘Dayenu ’ moments

PASSOVER EDITION 5777 SECTION C PAGE 19 Passover is a time of year when Jews tell the core narrative of the Jewish people which goes like this: We were slaves for over...