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Preparedness and the JCA mini-farm

I’ve been seeing signs for “Westernmassready.org” on the sides of buses recently, and I thought I’d take a look. It seems like a good site to help people in our area orient themselves to the skill set and procedures required … Continue reading

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Interesting Event At Hampshire College on 2/9/11

Wrestling with Whiteness: Storytelling and the Politics of Jewish Identity in Multiracial America. Karen Brodkin, an anthropologist and feminist scholar is coming to speak at Hampshire College. She will be speaking about her analysis of Judaism and race, and their … Continue reading

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Zeek essay on “Jewish Authenticity”

At the recent “welcoming” weekend for the rebbetzin and myself, I used my Shabbat morning sermonizing time to offer a talk based on an essay I wrote for Zeek last year, for their special issue on the state of Reconstructionism, … Continue reading

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Rabbi Boettiger’s Talk

We’re just coming off a special weekend at the JCA, in which Elise and I were officially initiated into the life of the community. I was particularly pleased that my old rabbinical school compadre, Rabbi Joshua Boettiger, came over the … Continue reading

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D’var Torah Parashat Bo

Lately, I’ve been giving my divrei Torah from notes or outlines, as opposed to writing them out from beginning to end, which makes it more difficult to post them online, but provides you with more incentive to come to the … Continue reading

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Rabbi Arthur Green, scholar-in-residence

The JCA just spent a very compelling weekend learning from visiting scholar Rabbi Arthur Green. Rabbi Green offered interpretations of Torah and prayer during our services, teaching about the hymn Licha Dodi as a song of flirtation with the extra … Continue reading

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Israel: drought and fire

Here’s a very stirring piece of writing from Anne Feibelman, a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, about what’s it’s like to be in Israel right now, what with the devastating fire in the north, and the prolonged drought that … Continue reading

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The lies of Jacob, the visions of Israel

This is my d’var Torah from this past weekend. The parasha was Vayetze, but I strayed back to Toldot and forward to Vayishlach quite liberally… I’m not a fan of “talkbacks” so I’ve disabled them on this blog, but if … Continue reading

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YK Day D’var Torah

Here is the last of my High Holiday talks. Just as soon as I get back to writing real sermons, I’ll start posting them again… Our Torah reading today, the 16th chapter of the book of Leviticus, tells the story … Continue reading

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Kol Nidre Talk

It’s taken me a while to get my legs back after the High Holidays. Here’s my talk from Kol Nidre. I’ll post the next morning’s d’var Torah in a couple of days… There are two things that, for me, create … Continue reading

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