Daleks in the Torah

Sunday, October 19th, 2014


Dalek, by Ari (used with permission)

I am so incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to develop an intimate knowledge of the Torah. Who but the Torah reader gets to read every single word of the Book? Continue Reading »

In Plowing Time and in Harvest

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Good Harvest

Good Harvest by Evan Leeson, on Flickr

Hi there! You haven’t seen much of me lately, because we are deeply into the High Holy Day craziness. But we are almost done – only two more days of Yom Tov to go at the end of this week, and then we are done until the spring. Hannukah is a breeze by comparison – and we get to sit back and watch our non-Jewish friends go crazy in December … Continue Reading »

About Shakes and Steroids

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

2014-10-05 21.56.23Well, my first Isabody Challenge is over. It didn’t go quite the way I expected it to, but I’m still pretty happy with it. Continue Reading »

They Are Here

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


The long-dreaded moment is here

They are here. They’ve been talked about for months and their appearance has been imminent, although we all hoped it was a false alarm. But now there is no question about the hard reality. The communal mail boxes are here. Continue Reading »

That Mythical Time

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Apples and honey

Apples and honey by Sarah Ross, on Flickr

Well, I survived Rosh HaShanah and the Shabbat that came after it. I led services, read Torah, and helped keep things reasonably under control at our alternative service. I think people liked it. Continue Reading »

#BlogElul 29: Return

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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It’s Elul again!

Wow, I did such a good job last year I’m not sure I can add anything to it. It’s the last #BlogElul of the season. Continue Reading »

#BlogElul 28: Give

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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It’s Elul again!

On this penultimate day of Elul, the word that Rabbi Sommer gave us is Give. How appropriate. Last year I wrote about scarcity and abundance. This year I am thinking about helping people. Continue Reading »

#BlogElul 27: Intend

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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It’s Elul again!

Intend. What an interesting word. The immediate association, at least for me, is something about the road to hell and the paving stones thereof … I’m sure I’m not the only one. Here’s what I wrote about it last year. Continue Reading »

#BlogElul 26: Hope

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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It’s Elul again!

Hope is the thing with feathers, apparently. I’ve got a few of those outside my window as I write, but I don’t know that they are necessarily what I am looking for right now. It is definitely true, however, that hope is a major component of the human psyche. When we lose it altogether, we die. Continue Reading »

#BlogElul 25: End and Begin

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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It’s Elul again!

The end of the week was just too crazy, Friday was one of those days where I had to run around the city and do 12 million things, as well as my usual cooking and preparation for Shabbat. So my blog post for End didn’t get written. Continue Reading »