Being a bit more like Thumper…

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A week or so ago my Rabbi sent a newsletter about "being like Thumper".You know,"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."I've been thinking a bit about it lately, especially in light of my [forever ongoing] legal drama. I've been thinking about the posts I've written. I've been honest, but I haven't always been kind. Is it really harmful to say the truth? I mean, is it so bad? Surely telling the truth, even if unkind, isn't a bad thing? Isn't honesty a … [Read more...]

When Life throws Lemons

Life isn't fair.It's something I was pondering today as I thought about my last two posts about divorce and Mother's Day , and as I spoke with some people about their experiences with uncharitable life situations.That's the entirety of the book of Job (Iyov), isn't it? That life isn't fair, even for righteous people. If you haven't read Job, the story goes like this:Job is a great guy who lives a great life. He is an "upright" person who always does the right thing. He has many … [Read more...]

Honoring a Bad Mom on Mother’s Day

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Today is Mother's Day.That means that everywhere both online and off, it's about moms. This weekend's Facebook feed has been filled with pictures of my friends with their moms, both past and present. Statuses saying how awesome their maternal parent was and how thankful they were for their moms. The commercials on the radio blast how it's "not too late" to get mom that gift she deserves. (Because capitalism never rests!)I am happy for my friends that they all have such a great … [Read more...]

Technology: the Key to Reaching Millennials

I will be 28 years old this year. I am a millennial.Like most millennials, I have a smart phone. I also have a desktop and a netbook. I have a laptop my work has provisioned, too. I am never far from the technology that wires my life: internet for Facebook, Twitter, finding writing clients, and taking online classes. My phone for texting with my friends, answering work email, listening to music, or checking out LinkedIn Pulse or Twitter.I'm not sure if this is common to my generation, … [Read more...]

Yom HaShoah 2014 – Lessons We Can All Learn

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This year, April 27th and 28th were when we participated in Yom HaShoah. It is the  day on the Jewish calendar marked specifically to remember the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust. The entirety of last week was also devoted to remembrance of the Shoah in the form of "Holocaust Remembrance Week".The Shoah was one large, terrible tragedy that made up the bigger tragedy that was the Second World War. The political, social, legal, scientific, and technological world shifted because of the a … [Read more...]

Musings on the Creation Debate and Jewish Belief

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So, I really wanted to write something amazing about the Bill Nye-Ken Ham smackdown that happened at the Creation Museum. But I have nothing truly inspiring to say. I was, and still am, fully Team Nye. I found that Ham's views were very biased and based on a narrow interpretation of both Gd and the Bible. I had actually hoped that Ham would bring out real science to refute Nye...but alas, it was not to be. The Debate Some Tweets "Ham's view that the Bible translated into American English … [Read more...]

Rabbi to Lead Unitarian Universalist Congregation…thoughts?

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I recently saw this article on the Huffington Post:Q&A With Rabbi Set to Lead a Unitarian-Universalist CongregationShe says, in response to a question about whether Rabbis should only serve the Jewish people: I am so glad you asked this. In part, I agree. Where we disagree is about (a) whether all rabbis should focus on only Jewish people and (b) what it means to serve the Jewish people. I have long been a servant for people of all backgrounds - that is part of my vocation. By being … [Read more...]


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