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Where Have You Been?! It's true...I haven't been writing much lately. Teaching every morning at The Weber School has definitely curtailed my screen time, which isn't a bad thing. It just requires my adjusting to new routines. My students are on a class trip today, so I'm working from home—catching up on writing, emails and studio time....

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The Weber School In the spring of 2008, I announced to my students at The Weber School that I was taking a sabbatical to complete the manuscript of Found in Translation: Common Words of Uncommon Wisdom and to be more available to my family. I planned to spend a year replenishing my spirit and reorienting my rabbinate to focus on adult education...

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American Guild of Judaic Art New Vision. New Website. New Year. This new “virtual” home for the Guild was created by dedicated  members from all over the country with different talents and skills, who worked diligently to make the site easy to use, informative and—most importantly—the best venue to display AGJA members’ art.  I stand...

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Neshama Interfaith Center Marian Monahan, a founder of the Neshama Interfaith Center, speaks in the voice of a prophet. She preached these words on Mother's Day at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta, and has graciously allowed me to share them here: Those of you who know me are aware that I'm quite involved in the interfaith...

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Encountering Angels: Reading Genesis with my Children In this book, my children and I blend traditional Jewish learning and personal experience in our commentary on Genesis, making it unlike any other book written about the biblical text and rabbinic literature related to Genesis.  Like most books of biblical commentary written by rabbis, it examines the text through the...

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Passover Playlist: Four Songs

I’ve created this Passover Playlist for my children—who are understandably anxious and sad about leaving their childhood home of sixteen years—and there is a bonus song for my spouse. These are the songs I’ve been singing while they are at school and work and I am at home, spending my Spring Break packing boxes. Since the week ahead promises to be rough on all of us, let’s soothe our nerves with music:

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For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you…

It just takes some time…you’re in the middle of the ride…everything everything will be alright…

Though I know I’ll never lose affection for people  and things that went before, I know I’ll often stop and think about them, in my life, I love you more.

With all your faults I love you still, it had to be you, wonderful you…

rwb_logo196I’m at the Rabbis Without Borders blog this week, sharing some moments from our family seder and reflections on moving next week. Please visit and leave your comments at the website:

From Slavery to Freedom, From Grief to Joy: In ten days we will be surrounded by these same boxes in a different house. After nine months of preparation—purging our house of unnecessary stuff and packing the essentials for our journey—my family will leave our home of sixteen years. The timing of our move, immediately after Passover, inspired much discussion at our Seder about leaving behind the burdens of last year and…Read more →

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Showing Up and Shlepping Boxes

rwb_logo196I’m at the Rabbis Without Borders blog this week, sharing some things I’ve learned from friends and colleagues I meet at political protests and rallies. I hope you’ll visit and leave me your comments at the website.  Here are a few lines to whet your appetite:

Showing Up: I remember asking, just before the photographer took the picture, “Should we smile, or look serious?” My rabbi quipped, “I only have one facial expression in photos.” I remember thinking, just after the photographer took the picture, “I’ll have to check Facebook when I get home to see if it’s the same as mine.” And when I did, Read more →

Shlepping Boxes: These are some pictures taken yesterday morning at the Capitol, where we delivered 75,000 letters from Georgia citizens opposing HB 757, the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, to Governor Deal. You can see more on Facebook, especially at the Georgia Equality and Georgia Unites Against Discrimination pages.

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This Week in Poetry & Song

I’m rwb_logo196at the Rabbis Without Borders blog this week, sharing some of my students’ wisdom with the world. At the end of first semester, students wrote poems of tribute and eulogy to a family member who influenced their lives. Visit the blog to read my reflection about what I’ve learned from my students at The Weber School, as well as read Isabel’s poem about her great-grandfather and watch her slide show, which includes beautiful photos and documents related to his immigration. You’ll also find links there to the Jewish Writing Project, where Ruthie’s poem about her grandmother was published on Monday. Finally, you may view videos created by Danielle, David and Jack below.

Exceeded Expectations: There is a famous story in the Talmud that describes several rabbis arguing about… Read more →

 

~Danielle B

~David M

An introduction to Jack’s video:

On the first day of school, when I shared my goal of studying Torah with my students in order to help them find wisdom in its pages that would help them flourish as human beings and 21st century Jews, Jack told me he was an atheist. I think he was surprised when I validated his point of view and challenged him to search for wisdom in the stories nonetheless. Throughout first semester Jack shared his views with an unusual mixture of critical thinking and good humor, but never got especially excited about writing assignments. When I announced the final project would be a multimedia presentation of their poems, Jack expressed delight. He brought all of his passion for music and making videos to this project. His creativity and generosity evident in this work–he included every student and the teacher who shares our classroom in the credits–inspire me. Watching his video, I cried while laughing and thinking about what a privilege it is to teach and learn from my students.

~Jack T

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