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Shavous Youth

This Mishebeirach artwork, painted by Simmi Brodie, is the cover for Franciska Kay's album of the same name.

Should we pray for healing?

A friend leans over to you at services and whispers that a congregant is terminally ill. Regardless of your connection — close, remote, conflicted — shock levels the...

L-r: Rabbi Eliot Baskin, Jim Cohen, Jean Guthery, Cantor Joel Lictherman, Ellyn Hutt

What the Kaddish means to me

I first heard the mourner’s Kaddish as I stood next to the open ground at my Grandpa Wasserkrug’s graveside service. I was nine — too young to understand so many...

Rabbi Alter reflects on 16 years in Denver

When Rabbi Daniel Alter leaves DAT at the end of June to head the Moriah Day School in Englewood, NJ, he’’ll probably keep his emotions to himself —— or at...

The Shema: What it means to me

Six Hebrew words. That’s all it takes to define the essence of Judaism: the unity of G-d and the unity of the Jewish people. “Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the...

Modern sports promotes bullying

Bullying as a social ill to be resisted largely came to the forefront of American consciousness after the Columbine massacre of 1999, when it was alleged and widely...

‘To you, G-d, silence is praise’

I had never heard of the biblical verse, “To You, G-d, silence is praise” prior to this assignment — but it immediately appealed to me. I felt like I stumbled upon...

Finding your place in the Torah

LOS ANGELES — On Shavuot, we celebrate the revelation of the Torah by reading from it. But first we need to find the place. How do we find our place in the Torah?...

The agricultural side of Shavuot

AMERICAN Jews typically associate Shavuot with the Book of Ruth, late-night Torah study sessions and eating at least one generous helping of cheesecake. No matter where...

First graders talk about the Torah

I attended first grade at Blackberry Lane Elementary in St. Louis. It had a fair number of Jewish students, including me. I remember the exploits of Dick and Jane, and...

Protecting our children: a passion of Rabbi Yitzchok Eisenman

TO all outward appearances, Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman fits easily into the comfortable stereotype of an Orthodox rabbi — the long black coat and broad-brimmed hat,...