Remembering a Friend

Remembering a Friend

This post was originally written for HUC’s Blog of Continuing Jewish Learning on September 5, 2012. Bonia passed away August 30. He was a great inspiration to me personally, and I was honored and privileged to call him “friend.”

Why Do We Sing?

Why Do We Sing?

Our ability to express ourselves freely is important for two reasons: One, because in our vulnerability, when we emote, we become lucid communicators, letting others know our authentic selves; Two because when we experience others’ vulnerability and expressiveness, we become emboldened and empowered to express ourselves.

Ki Teitzei—Don’t Hide Your Eyes

Ki Teitzei—Don’t Hide Your Eyes

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You hear from a friend, whether by mail, e-mail, or facebook, about some cause for which she is fundraising. Perhaps it’s a cause particularly close to her heart. But you know she’s reached out to hundreds of her friends. You know she...
Tomatoes

Tomatoes

For years, I’ve been teaching my bar/bat mitzvah students about time management and focus during studying. I developed a system by which students study for 5-10 minutes at a time, understanding that the brain fills up to a point and then loses focus. It was a great idea that I invented.

Or so I thought.

I’m dreaming of a white… Hanukkah?

I’m dreaming of a white… Hanukkah?

One of the most famous of Christmas songs is by a Jewish composer: Irving Berlin. I don’t care what face tradition you grew up with; White Christmas is a terrific song and it makes me think of the season. But where are all the great Hanukkah songs? Where is the...
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