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Back to School One great thing about going back to school is it presents an opportunity to return to routines, though I will allow that I've had only moderate success. My eating and sleeping habits may have deteriorated this past week. On the plus side, I've reaffirmed my commitment to writing weekly and, so far, I'm on a winning streak. Here's...

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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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Rabbis Without Borders Imagine the most diverse group of rabbis you can. Take a moment and summon a visual in your mind. Now compare it with this group: 22 men (some clean-shaven, others bearded) and women (one pregnant, another gray-haired); single and married; gay & straight; several recent graduates of seminaries and a few approaching...

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Pamela Jay Gottfried is a rabbi, parent, teacher, artist and author. An inveterate Scrabble player and New York Times Crossword Puzzle fanatic, she credits her love of words to her parents, who encouraged her to develop her vocabulary through reading and using the dictionary at an early age. Since her ordination from...

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Back to School

One great thing about going back to school is it presents an opportunity to return to routines, though I will allow that I’ve had only moderate success. My eating and sleeping habits may have deteriorated this past week. On the plus side, I’ve reaffirmed my commitment to writing weekly and, so far, I’m on a winning streak.

rwb_logo196Here’s an excerpt of my post at the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning.com. I hope you’ll read the full reflection and share your reaction in the comments section. Let’s see if we can keep the Conversational Torah going through Rosh HaShanah:

Reasonable Risks: I spent the summer thinking about how to discuss risk-taking with teenagers. While teens generally have a reputation for taking unreasonable risks, my experience in teaching them is that many are anxious or risk-averse in a classroom setting. I empathize with these students, because Read more →

 

 

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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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