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MY GRANDMA LIL

A fictional tale in honor of Grandma Lillian and all the amazing mothering aunts in my life. Let me tell you about my Grandma Lil. She was the best cook in the world, well at least I thought so, and that thought was shared by many others. One day, my Grandma Lil thought she would […]

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5779: A Year of Sacred Opportunity

I think you might know this one:   Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For […]

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Creating Communities at the 5779 Frontier

This is how it started. In the beginning Abraham looked around his father’s idol store and said “What the heck? How can these be the power behind the universe?” He took up a broom and smashed the idols to smithereens.[i] And then he had to run from his father and his family. And when he […]

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Open the Door: Towards the Future

A true story. Sort of. Grandpa Solomon put up the Mezuzah hanging it straight up-and-down. “Look Jacob. See how straight I place the Mezuzah. At Passover, we remember how in Egypt when we painted blood on the doorposts of our house God guarded us from the angel of death. The Mezuzah reminds us of that […]

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Open the Door to Justice

A creaky door. EEEEEEE! Once there was an elderly man who spent his whole life carrying an oil can. Whenever he heard a door creak, it would aggravate him. So, he would take out his oil can, and pour oil on the hinges of the door, so that it would open and shut without a […]

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Open the Door: Doors into Loving the Land of Israel

When you visit Jerusalem, the white limestone buildings of old and new, rise out of the hills of the Judean desert. Buildings that are rooted in centuries of history. That have weathered wind and storm. Buildings that glisten with golden hue in the hot desert sun. Buildings which create a uniform vista of cohesion, that […]

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