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Rabbinate and State

For those of us who live in the U.S. and who, at least in this country, are committed to the ideal of separation of church and state- it is odd to see our own religion so deeply intertwined in the…

Why I don't Pray in Churches

I write this with full respect for the care, thoughtfulness and intentionality that Rabbi Haskel Lookstien brought to his decision to represent the Orthodox Community in prayer at the National Cathedral, and, at the same time, with appreciation for the…

Tales From the Family Attic

I’ve been hearing stories of people losing jobs, having trouble finding jobs, stealing massive amounts of money from Jewish institutions, and generally getting very worried. It’s troubling, painful, and can be hard to listen to. But during the great depression…

Multi-lingual Chanukah

The OU has provided the Traditional Chanukah Blessings in International Sign Language and Russian this year- and although I speak neither language- I find this delightful.  Language can be such a barrier to religious observance and communal involvement and I’m glad to…

Living Waters

It was raining today- and I was on the way to the Mikvah. I had forgotten my umbrella and water was everywhere, on my coat, my bag, and the new mini Crockpot I was on my way to immerse. Water…