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Jewish Values in the Political Arena

This has been a very tough June. Scary to see our rights crumbling and our children taken. But as we approach the excitement of the Pride weekend and the peace of Shabbat several rabbis have shared thoughtful messages that I want to share with all of you. From Rabbi Gershon Albert of Beth Jacob Congregation…

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Orthodox? Atheist? Intermarried? What’s Your Job?

There is nothing so satisfying as learning a new perspective on a story you thought you understood. This week I read Maggid Jhos Singer‘s drash/teaching on the Torah portion Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32).  This is the story of Korach and his rebellion against Moses in the Wilderness.  I’ve heard it taught many times, but Jhos brought…

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How do I teach my sons about their Christian dad?

(This Mixed and Matched article was originally published in the J weekly in January 2018.) My husband is not Jewish. He is not particularly religious but was raised Methodist and his parents practice the religion. He has agreed that we can raise our two little boys as Jews but he wants the boys to also understand…

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Will my religious desires be met when I die?

Participants at the consecration of the Gan Yarok cemetery in Mill Valley in 2010 (Photo/Amanda Pazornik) This Mixed and Matched article was originally published in the J-weekly in July 2017. Another interfaith quandary to share! I am the daughter of an interfaith couple who are uncomfortable with my decision to be a Jewish adult. When…

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