Category Archives: Redemption Reconsidered

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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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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Summer Rain, 3

3. A Mystery Monday the 15th of August it continues to rain, though in no way rivaling the record downpour of the day before. That evening, ET comes home buoyant and energized, announcing that we need to leave immediately to … Continue reading

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Bruriah, Part III

Forgotten Stories My older brother feels guilty about something he did to me long ago when I was a very little girl. This is not an incident that left behind a conscious trace in my memory, it is not something … Continue reading

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Soul Shards in Talmud-Land

Homa, Nhamani’s widow, came to Raba and asked him, “Grant me my allowance.” And he granted her an allowance. “Grant me,” she demanded again, “an allowance for wine”. “I know,” he said to her, “that Nhamani didn’t drink wine.” “By … Continue reading

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