Out of the Rabbi's Mind

Category: Thoughts


Chanukah: Our Religious Freedom to Touch the Jewish Soul

Chanukah approaches with December. We are readying our lives by buying candles and dreidels, dewaxing and polishing our Chanukiot, planning eight nights of gifts, grating our Latkes, looking up recipes for Ponchkes (Yiddish)/Sufganiot (Hebrew)/ Donuts, and planning festive celebrations and meals…

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Where is the Hand of God?

And we ask: Where’s the hand of God? …When Freddie Gray dies in police custody from a spinal cord injury. And we ask: Where’s the hand of God?… as the death toll in Nepal exceeds 4000, and the injury told…

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The Real Knaidlach 

(Or so they were called in my family. Others call them Matzah Kleis – matzah matzah balls – whatever you call them: they are delicious!) I swore I was going to break the mold this year. I wasn’t gonna  make…

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The Haggadah as Metaphor

As Passover approaches, our minds turn to the Haggadah, the book of “retelling” our people’s mythical history, our experience of when we were slaves in Egypt. The Haggadah tells of our enslavement 400 years from the time of Joseph, the…

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Predicting the Future

In a few hours when I arrive in Australia my parents will await me in a coffee shop adjacent to the International Arrivals at Melbourne airport, with a “Skinny Flat White” in their hands to greet me off the plane….

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Getting Out on the Right Side of the Bed

This Thanksgiving weekend I have been thinking a lot about thanks. It is my first Thanksgiving as a US Citizen for which I am enormously thankful after years of visas, green card, peppered with mixed immigration status. I am beyond blessed…

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All Beginnings Are Hard

“All beginnings are hard.” (Mekhilta Yitro BaChadoesh 2) With this thought I begin my personal professional blogging career. I have occasionally been blogging as a guest poster on Kol Isha, the Women’s Rabbinic Network blog for a while. But this new…

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