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I want to imagine a world…

Every year we read the story of Noah, the flood, and the ark. But never in our generation have we read this Torah portion as we ourselves living through what can feel...

A descendant of slaves rises

News is released that Israeli actress Gal Gadot landed a starring role, playing Cleopatra, the famed queen of the Nile, and, predictably, the reaction is, a kerfuffle....

Where did all the unity go?

I’m worried. About Israel. It’s hard to watch the second wave of COVID-19 unfolding there and not feel anxious. This past week was October 6. It marked the...

Ruth and Antonin

To experience the country’s sense of profound awe and loss over one of the nine highest legal jurists in the land through the very Jewish prism of Rosh Hashanah and of...

Not six words. Just two

ROSH HASHANAH EDITION 5781 SECTION D PAGE 19 It’s hard to come up with the words to sum up a year marked by a global pandemic, especially knowing it’s still raging...

Mental health, out of the shadows

While these days we might all be walking around masked, in a twist of irony and paradox, COVID has actually ripped the mask off of so many aspects of our lives. Among...

Pandemic — an opportunity for schools

Just as many school openings were delayed in Denver, in New York we just learned that the famous East Coast post-Labor Day back to school time has been delayed by a...

The med masks, memento masks

How did this COVID-19 pandemic get me thinking about Shir Hashirim, the Song of Songs, and Rabbi Akiva’s declaration that all of the Jewish canon is holy, but Shir...

‘You raised me up’

The other night, I was approaching Broadway and 98th when I passively registered that a woman walking with her two dogs toward me on my left was thanking a tall black...

A welcome summer delight

In anticipation of the coronavirus lockdown ending, I had called around to some local farms, planning to go berry picking as soon as I was able. After being in a...