Parshah Pinchas: Your Own Personal Matriarch

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Five women approached the Tent of Meeting. Heads covered, they walked in sync, their gaits swift and assured. The chiefs had assembled earlier that day, along with the Levites and priests. Some recognized the women as sisters. More than a few failed … [Continue reading]

BREAKING NEWS: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies (Z”L)

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From JTA Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the father of the Jewish Renewal movement, has died at age 89. A maverick rabbi from an Orthodox background who spent time in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Schachter-Shalomi transitioned over time toward … [Continue reading]

What’s the Right Cup Size for this Idol? Parsha Balak + Boobs

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Aside from occasionally stashing an iPod in my sports bra while working out, I’ve never found my boobs a particularly convenient cache for goods. Nor do I imagine anything larger than an iPod would make for swift and graceful recovery in a moment of … [Continue reading]

What your kippah tells me about you

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What you wear is often a symbol of who you are as a person. So too is the kippah. Velvet? Clearly religious. Knit? Clearly Amalek (according to some unruly folks). The worst is if you wear the rayon skullcaps they give you in shul outside of a … [Continue reading]

Death, Wholeness and Cleanliness (Parshah Chukat)

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Death comes to us in many guises. Our dreams wither, our relationships falter, our work comes to an end. We witness those we love leave this world, while we remain behind. Death alters us. We are not the people we once were and certain treasures may … [Continue reading]