Category Archives: Judaism

Crossing the Sea

I chanted Torah for the first time this morning. I guess this means that this was my bat-mitzvah. The parsha for today was Beshelach, and my teacher and I sang “The Song of the Sea (Shirat HaYam),” the crossing over the … Continue reading

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Jews and Chinese food on Christmas

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Jogging juggler and polar explorer

Yesterday during the break in the Yom Kippur service, about three o’clock, a few of us took a walk along the lake. It was a beautiful brisk day. I wore my tallit outside to help keep me warm. That was … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

(one of my grandmother’s postcards)

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Chaotic and disorderly celebration and significance

This weekend were the first two nights of Passover. This is my favorite holiday of the year. The Passover seder is a celebration of freedom and liberation, a reminder how each of us needs to continue the fight for the … Continue reading

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I have become the Cyclops

Today in minyan, a light beam from the windows struck me and my prayerbook. My mind drifted back to another light.  A long time ago. To our shtetl shul in Toledo — Sharei Zedeck, where the older women all sat upstairs, … Continue reading

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Apples and Honey…with a kick

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This holiday is often called the birthday of the world because the world was supposedly created on this date. There are many traditions connected with this holiday, but one of the most … Continue reading

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Do I still get a prize?

Last night I was looking for a phone book of friends’ names so I could make sure to invite them all to our celebration for IB’s journey to Japan when, lo and behold, beneath a desk where we keep such … Continue reading

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Yassa au Poulet

Passover starts tomorrow night and is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a celebration, though intended to be religious, which is actually quite politically activist, a holiday which renews our commitment to bringing about freedom and justice for all … Continue reading

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Mr. Whittier and Miss Peach

Today is John Greenleaf Whittier’s (1807-1892) birthday. He was a poet, very popular in his day, and a Quaker, who used his poetry to promote his very strong abolitionist views. Perhaps even more importantly, he is the namesake of the elementary … Continue reading

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