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You Think Your House is Ready for Pesach? Think Again…

Last year, for the first time in well over a decade, we celebrated Pesach in California. Seder was lovely, the food was delish, and the company was wonderful. But I felt a bit sad–almost slightly depressed—about not being in Israel, where there is nothing sweeter than observing the pre-Pesach preparation fun and games that begin…

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What I Learned Standing at Sinai

Many years ago when I was a student rabbi, our congregation was chosen to receive one of the 1800 Czechoslovakian torah scrolls confiscated by the Nazis during WWII. Decades after the war, one by one, these sifrei torah were redistributed to congregations around the world, and we were ecstatic to accept one of these …

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From Narrow Spaces to Open Places

From the narrow straits I cried out to God. God answered me and delivered me to the wide places.–Psalm 118, Verse 5 Recently, I made the exhilarating and petrifying choice to break free: I went zip-lining and bungee-jumping. I would have preferred sitting by the pool with a book, but there I was, catapulting myself…

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“Ten Commandments” for Yoga Practice

Grateful for the opportunity to teach a Creative Expression Lab at the NFTY North American Convention this past weekend in Chicago, IL. I have lost count of how many times I've offered yoga at this biannual event--but this was by far the most memorable and...

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And You Are Still a Blessing…

Debbie, Six years. At this time of year especially, in the quiet of the secular new year, I find myself contemplating your impact on my life. And this year in particular, your absence from the world is especially poignant. As with all loss, yours is one that washes...

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Getting Down to the Heart of the Matter…

I’ve been composing again. With intention. Funny how life comes full circle. A musician whose love of music led her to become a dancer. A dancer whose yearning for more physicality led her to become a devout yoga practitioner. And that love of yoga and philosophy led...

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The Nastiest Election Ever

Snark Alert: This Post Contains Sarcasm and was Written with a Heavy Heart I have a confession. Despite my attempts to remain positive and upbeat throughout this challenging period, I believe the US presidential election is rigged. I believe that this fraud started...

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A New Beginning Is a Precious Gift

Beginnings are holy. Every year, in this season of renewal, we are given the extraordinary opportunity to begin again. We begin again with a clean slate – or, perhaps, a cleaner slate. We return to the narrative of our creation, reading the Torah from its very first...

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