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Posted on December 9, 2014

Sunday the Rabbi Went to the Moon

It was a long flight, but I packed well, hydrated, and made it there and back in time to watch the first quarter of the Ravens game with the Brotherhood. This past Sunday the Rosenbloom Religious School second graders invited me to go to the moon with them. Their class is called Kochavim (stars) because Continue Reading »

Posted on July 1, 2014

National Mourning and Tammuz

The Hebrew month of Tammuz which began this past Shabbat is a month that holds within it sadness and destruction. The seventeenth of Tammuz (observed this year Tuesday July 15) is a fast day commemorating the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans. National mourning is observed and mourning rituals continue until Tisha Continue Reading »

Posted on August 1, 2013

I Love Jewish Overnight Camp

I love going to camp but really, what’s not to love?! Cabins with your friends, loud music in the hadar ochel, cute Israeli counselors, Shabbat song sessions, trips to Hersheypark, Yom Yisrael, boating on the lake, and I’m just getting started. It was wonderful to spend some time catching up with our Chizuk Amuno and Continue Reading »

Posted on December 12, 2012

Community Stories from the Struggle

It’s the stories that are so amazing. Over this past week in response to blogs, kavannot, sermons, and school programs we have heard from so many people who took part in the decade’s long struggle to free Soviet Jewry. I wanted to share some of those stories with you and encourage you to share your Continue Reading »

Posted on April 9, 2012

Lost: One Afikomen

It is one of those stories that are just strange enough to be true. It is now Monday morning, about 36 hours since the second Seder and our afikoman is still missing. Halakhically (according to Jewish law) this is a problem. Or at least it would be a problem if we had not set aside Continue Reading »

Posted on October 6, 2011

Can You Believe It?!

Can you believe it? Rosh HaShana services are over? Every year we can’t help but notice how much faster the pages of a calendar turns. When we look back, the years seem like months; months seem like days; days seem like hours; and hours seem like minutes. However, looking forward, minutes can seem like an Continue Reading »

Posted on April 8, 2011

Counting Down

There was something perfectly perfect about being pregnant during the omer. For weeks I quietly counted the days, weeks and months as I watched a new life grow. Then, beginning on the second night of Passover, the whole Jewish community joined in counting as well. It felt as if we were on parallel journeys. At Continue Reading »

Posted on February 24, 2011

The Walls are Talking

If you have been in the Schechter lobby recently you might have heard the walls talking. For the past weeks parents, students, alumni, faculty and community members have been painting murals on the walls in honor of Krieger Schechter’s 30th anniversary. I’ve been keeping “paint clothes” in my office so that I can come and Continue Reading »

Posted on October 27, 2010

Why Did God Put the Tags in Back?

God has been a frequent topic of conversation in our house. It started a few weeks ago when my almost five year old daughter pointed to my head and said, “What’s that?” “That’s my hair.” I replied. “No that, next to your head.” I explained that it was the place where your hair comes out Continue Reading »