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What It Was Like To Grow Up Multiracial and Orthodox in a Hasidic Enclave

They were older than me, by at least five years, and I was afraid. Though my Satmar Hasidic neighbors were ...

A Hanukkah Lesson for Our Turbulent Political Times

As we approach our upcoming Festival of Lights, our stories about the Maccabees and our nation’s triumph over religious and ...

From Looking Jewish to Being Jewish

Cultural anthropologists call it ‘going native’. You find yourself in the field as a participant observer of your host culture ...

18 Years in the Rabbinate – 18 Lessons Learned

I love being a rabbi. I cannot imagine doing or being anything else. I am proud of my work for ...

Dealing with a New Place

Last Thursday my family moved to a new house. I love our new house. It’s beautiful, bigger than the old ...

City Mouse, Country Mouse: Is Jewish Continuity a Fable?

I’m a city girl from North America, used to big city Judaism. I have grown up and worked in cities ...

Jewish Identity: Asking the Wrong Question

I have been thinking a lot about Jewish identity recently. How do we define our own connection to Judaism? What ...

Jewish Learning Beyond New York: Jewish Learning Everywhere With @OpenSinai

When I was in my final year of rabbinical school I had a remarkable opportunity to spend a weekend in ...

Rabbi Laura’s Day Off (or: Outreach Happens)

Our 21 year old daughter has invited her parents to The Intention Gathering, a “self-sustaining, all-ages, ethnically diverse superfragilistic-art-dance-creative community.”We have ...

Talking about Rabbis

Yesterday, during preparations for the graduation ceremony for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, I caught a glimpse of the glow on the ...