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Counting the Omer…
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April 09, 2010

Counting the Omer…

Sometimes it is wicked annoying. One more thing to do at night when I am exhausted. I really just wanna read my (e)book and go to bed. But man oh man… sometimes… who am I kidding, usually the day’s Omer is dead on. So you may have no idea what I am talking about. Let me explain. For the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot we literally count each night. It starts on the second night of Passover with 1 and it ends on the night before Shavuot with 49, which is......

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Facebook Censorship

I use Facebook daily. In fact, I am on Facebook pretty much all day. That is my job. I post to Facebook for Patheos and I keep my eye out for best practices and new ideas. Today, I got a HUGE fail whale. Facebook wouldn’t let me log in this afternoon because of “site maintenance.” In the middle of the day? That’s weird. But then I saw this blog – On Facebook Deactivations That makes me nervous, people. I post regularly about religion (granted, it’s mostly mine and then the Patheos content......

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Challah Baby… an update

Okay, first of all, if you haven’t read Challah Baby (the original) I highly recommend reading it first. Life will make a lot more sense… trust me. It’s okay… we’ll wait. Back? Oh good. So it has been a little over three months now and no word from my friend. Now in my mind that could mean several things. One: she isn’t pregnant, it didn’t work and she doesn’t want to talk about it. Okay. I won’t push. Or two: she is pregnant but holding to the tradition to not talk about......

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Next Year in Jerusalem… or the White House, depends on who you know…

This morning, while my friends at my neighborhood car repair shop were fixing my car to the tune of several hundred dollars (ugh), I sat in Starbucks with my Sunday New York Times. I love the Sunday New York Times. I live in Denver now but I was born in Manhattan to a mother from Queens and no matter where we moved across the US, I always had a soft spot for a Bialy. Anyway, I love the Sunday Styles sections and my favorite way to finish my coffee is with the......

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What does G-d mean?
Judaism |
March 11, 2010

What does G-d mean?

A friend just posted on her Facebook a conversation with her almost 3 year old daughter. It went like this –Kid: What does god mean?Mom: Love.Kid: If I wear my purple tights will I look like a dancer?… I guess I passed lesson one on spirituality 101. I love this exchange. It really gets to the heart of kids. They have ideas, they want to share ideas, and they want simple answers. In the Passover seder we talk about the four children and how we respond to their questions. Within the responses......

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Neo-Nazi Converts To JUDAISM!

Okay… so I thought the headline might be a bit sensationalist… I was wrong. Here’s a story of a Polish man who embraced Neo-Nazi ideals with his Neo-Nazi wife, only to find out that they both, in fact, had maternal Jewish grandparents. They both converted to Orthodox Judaism. From Skinhead to Orthodox Jew WOW!...

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Idiocy… even in the best of circles…

So I found this blog post MoVinG oN and was just shocked… but then I remembered that every community has their own crazies… I really hope that my generation and the next can convince the oldies that the world truly has changed.I had this idea, and I was chatting it out with a co-worker, that we get a bunch of rabbis (or make it interfaith) to sit down and “re-write” the Torah for a modern day audience. What would it say? Would Noah’s flood be Hurricane Katrina? Would G!d have written something......

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And so begins the rest
Judaism |
February 22, 2010

And so begins the rest

And I mean that both in this is the “rest” of my blog and on Shabbis, we “rest.” Before I get started, since I tend to explain why certain things are while in the context of the experience, I will indent these informative sections, to make it easier to read. So we left off with the sirens going off and Shabbis starting. What is done, is done at that point and you can’t start cooking anything or put on makeup or clean the house. A sense of calm falls over this small......

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Shabbis in Crown Heights
Judaism |
February 18, 2010

Shabbis in Crown Heights

I attended a Chabad l’chaim a couple weekends ago in Crown Heights. For those of you who don’t know, Crown Heights is the World-Wide Headquarters of the Lubavitcher movement. It is as close as you will get to a shtetl in modern day America. With the main arteries of Kingston and Eastern Parkway, Judaism springs from either side. Most of the row houses shooting off these main roads are adorned with a mezuzah. If not, then they house neighbors who are generally of African-American or Afro-Caribbean decent. If you have never experienced......

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