Category Archives: Personal Evolution

Rosh Hashanah Trilogy

1. Sarah’s Choice One recent summer weekend, my life — or my awareness of its imperatives — underwent a radical shift. My 28-year-old son was away at the beach with friends. He promised to be home early on the Sunday … Continue reading

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Seven Blessings for Shavuot

Ten women share a heady excitement this Mother’s Day morning in the Upper West Side home of a friend and I am among them. For the past two years we have been studying Avivah Zornberg’s. Murmuring Deep: Reflections on The … Continue reading

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Beit Shemesh: The Sun Also Rises

Before most of us ever heard of the small town of Beit Shemesh, Miri Shalem the orthodox mother of four children and a long-time resident was directing the town’s JCC. Under her auspices, Haredi women have been exchanging views with … Continue reading

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No Accidental Emission

   Part One: The ultra orthodox establishment in Israel is reportedly losing sleep over women’s demands for equality. While the conflict has serious socio-political implications for national survival, I find myself haunted by one detail of the ultra-orthodox men’s recent … Continue reading

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Final Payment

When is the last time you saw an action-packed film with a woman who must reckon with her own history as its main protagonist? This sort of screenwriting doesn’t come around too often. The Debt is a thriller by genre, … Continue reading

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A Glimpse

Rabbi Art Green knows that religion has always been a powerful force motivating people to act, often in blind faith, on behalf of a cause. It is hard to imagine crusades, inquisitions, jihads or our own Jewish extremists without the … Continue reading

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Love Affair

All this summer I’ve carried on an open love affair with the Deerfield River. It is my ritual every weekday afternoon to go to a secluded woodsy spot where I am often the only visitor. When alone, I glide naked … Continue reading

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