Scalia dies, Republicans plan for more obstructionism

Scalia dies, Republicans plan for more obstructionism
Just hours after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Conservative leaders and pundits have reacted with calls for obstructionism. Here’s a quick sampling on this quickly developing story. Sadly, it (the right-wing reaction, not Scalia’s death) should hardly be surprising. Here’s what Canadian-born Presidential candidate Ted Cruz had to say: Justice Scalia was... Read more »

District 211 bigots don't understand compromise, minority rights or the Bible

District 211 bigots don't understand compromise, minority rights or the Bible
Yesterday the District 211 school board approved a settlement with a transgender student that will allow her access to the girls’ locker room. The student agreed to use a private area of the locker room, and the district says the settlement applies only in this case and does not establish a district-wide policy. The school... Read more »

The 2000 Year Old Man: Wise Beyond His Years

The 2000 Year Old Man: Wise Beyond His Years
People like to give advice. Sometimes these words of wisdom are good, sometimes they’re not so good, and sometimes they are just terrible. But the wisest words of all are those which come back to you again time after time after time. You do something, or something happens to you, and there’s that voice from... Read more »
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Winnetka Anti-Semites need English lessons

Winnetka Anti-Semites need English lessons
According to an article on the Winnetka-Glencoe Patch website: The village of Winnetka’s recent idea to solicit ideas for downtown with blank chalkboards in a pair of business districts will continue, but under much closer scrutiny following an incident anti-Semitic vandalism Tuesday … The board wasn’t getting much of a response on Tuesday, and when two boys... Read more »

What If You Wrote Your Own Obituary?

What If You Wrote Your Own Obituary?
One of the readings that is often used before Mourner’s Kaddish teaches that, even after death, our loved ones continue to live in our memories and in the way we live. Today I found an example of how this happens. This morning a co-worker asked me to read the obituary for her uncle, who she... Read more »

Ted Cruz's Tisha B'av Pandering

Ted Cruz's Tisha B'av Pandering
Today is Tisha B’av – the 9th day of Av, a day on which Jews mourn the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem, and many other disasters that have occurred on the same date. Actually, today is the 10th of Av. But because the 9th fell on Shabbat this year, the observance... Read more »
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Women defy Orthodox rule, read from Torah scroll at the Kotel

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Each month on Rosh Chodesh, the day which marks the beginning of the new month on the Hebrew calendar, a group of women gather at the Kotel in Jerusalem to pray together. Led by Women of the Wall, they are challenging Orthodox control of the Western Wall which results in restrictions on how some Jews... Read more »

Leonard Nimoy reveals Jewish roots of Vulcan salute

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  Leonard Nimoy passed away today, one month short of his 84th birthday.  He is best remembered, of course, for creating the Vulcan character Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek television series. What is less well known, is that the Vulcan salute – and greeting – have Jewish roots.  In this video, Nimoy explains... Read more »

The Week In Judaism: Interfaith Weddings, Netanyahu, Huckabee and Hatikvah

The Week In Judaism: Interfaith Weddings, Netanyahu, Huckabee and Hatikvah
Here are a few interesting Jewish related stories which I came across last week. Interfaith Weddings On Tablet, Rabbi Adina Lewittes explains why she decided to officiate at interfaith weddings, even though it meant she would have to leave the Conservative Movement in which she has served for almost three decades. Although many Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis... Read more »
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My Kotel Story

My Kotel Story
Everybody who has visited Israel has a story about the first time they visited the Kotel – the Western Wall – in Jerusalem. It is, arguably, the holiest site in Jewish life. When the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E., this wall – actually the outer retaining wall of the Temple... Read more »