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The Passage of Time

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As we celebrate the new year and get accustomed to writing “2021” on letters and checks, we realize that while the clocks and calendars move forward, time as we know it has changed. For many of us, we cannot remember … Continue reading

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The Stamp of Invisibility

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I love going to the post office and go often. In fact, over the past few months, mailing packages to our kids and mothers has brought me out of the house more than any other activity. I was at the … Continue reading

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Chanukah Gifts

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Antiochus Epiphanes was different from the others. The 2nd century BCE Syrian Greek ruler did not want to exterminate the Jews, he wanted to exterminate Judaism. His method of choice was to ban Torah study, Brit Milah (circumcision), Shabbat and … Continue reading

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Building My Cabinet

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As President-Elect Biden forms his cabinet, it got me thinking. Who would be in my cabinet? What would their positions be–would I create a new cabinet position?–and who would fill them? Would those people be insiders with experience and already-formed … Continue reading

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“I” Statements

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Our post-election Town Hall on Sunday, November 8 included a conversation about shared values: Who wouldn’t want good schools? Who wouldn’t want good health care or clean air and water? Who wouldn’t want safe neighborhoods and good jobs? Given the … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Redux

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I recently learned a lot about the origins of Columbus Day from www.smithsonianmag.com Including that the first documented observance of Columbus Day took place in New York City in 1792, on the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Western … Continue reading

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Neighbors

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I called the police twice in one day last week. The first time I called, it was because I witnessed an extremely dangerous driver and hoped to keep others safe. Later that day while walking our dog, I noticed that … Continue reading

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Between the Pages

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Have you ever read People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks? It is one of my favorite books. Through clues, it traces the Sarajevo Haggadah through its history and owners. I highly recommend it. I thought of it tonight, as … Continue reading

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5781: A Bite of Apple

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A couple of weeks ago, Exxon Mobil got expelled from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is one measure of how the stock exchange is doing. It averages 30 large U.S. companies which track the stocks of many economic sectors. … Continue reading

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The Lunch Ladies

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Mr. Rogers says to look for the helpers. Today, I looked and what I saw was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. As part of the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium’s work, we have a community arm called Community Network.  The mission … Continue reading

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