Tonight is Tisha B’Av, the saddest night of the Jewish year. I have one night to mourn. I listen to Eicha (Lamentations) over Zoom. I read Dr. Yael Ziegler’s extraordinary book Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World. I read and reflect on A Mitzvah to Eat’s anthology
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The verses that struck me most in Parshat Devarim were the very last ones: And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, "Your eyes have seen all that…
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Early on in the parshiot of Matot-Masei, we come across this verse. ו וַיִּשְׁלַח אֹתָם מֹשֶׁה אֶלֶף לַמַּטֶּה, לַצָּבָא: אֹתָם וְאֶת-פִּינְחָס…
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Tonight I watched ‘Where the Crawdads Sing,’ the film adaptation of the book of the same name. It made me think about the things we carry in our hearts…
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When I became a teacher, I had exactly one goal. Not to be Mrs. X (I’ve purposefully chosen to obscure her name.) This was a woman who would assert…
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In this week’s parsha, Pinchas, Moses asks God to appoint his successor. This is the first transfer of leadership, and it is momentous. Moses offers his…
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I listened to the Halacha Headlines podcast recently. It’s run by Rabbi Ari Wasserman. He asked a compelling question that I had never thought about…
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I’ve wanted to write a book since forever. It doesn’t even matter what kind of book. A children’s book. A romance novel. A Jewish book of Torah ideas. A…
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