Author Archives: Rabbi Barbara Symons

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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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

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Love your neighbor as yourself.  We all say it.  Sometimes we live it.  Sometimes, we don’t know how to live it.  One way to begin is to learn about others. For the past six weeks, I have participated in The … Continue reading

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Broken Glass Leads to Wholeness

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As Debbie Jacknin, our resident artist, said to our students: when we as Jews think of broken glass, we think of Kristallnacht.  And while the shards of colorful broken glass that were to be used to create our memorial to … Continue reading

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A Proud Moment

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It was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I sat on the “bimah” of the Monroeville United Methodist Church along with the clergy and lay representatives of the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium as we expressed our thankfulness and celebrated the diversity of … Continue reading

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The Kotel Needs to be all of ours

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Are you ready to make your voice heard?  If so, go to the Religious Action Center petition urging the Israeli government to ensure that oversight of the Kotel includes a range of Jewish views and voices and protects gender equality. … Continue reading

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