Pillar of Salt (Parshah Vayera)

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Recently, I was asked if I believe the people populating our Torah actually existed somewhere in primordial Jewish history. My honest response was that it doesn’t matter to me. It is not historical fact I seek from our sacred texts, rather I search … [Continue reading]

Parshah Lech Lecha: Secret Sisterhood

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In legal terms, divorce is fairly straight-forward – a strict delineation of names, assets, and debts. But in practice and process, it is far less tidy. Several years ago, the end of my own marriage proved a severe and bottomless shattering. … [Continue reading]

A D’var Torah For Halloween

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. And although I stopped dressing up (and for the most part, going out) on Halloween, I still get a thrill out of carving a pumpkin and laughing at the ridiculous oversexed costumes that are on the market these … [Continue reading]

Bushwhacking My Way To Divinity: Parshah Noach

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This past year, 5774, my father died alone, suffering severe alcohol withdrawal. My mother, whose mental health has been compromised for years, disappeared. After a police report covering 3 states was filed, she suddenly reappeared, raising more … [Continue reading]

I’m Reconsidering My Life (Why Cheshvan Is Better Than Rosh Hashanah)

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The cliche is so old that it's barely worth repeating: the High Holidays are the time when we deeply reflect on who we are, what we want, and how God ties into all of this. It's certainly true that this is the case for a whole host of people. For … [Continue reading]