The past is getting further and further away…

I remember him so clearly. This older rabbi. Mind you, most of the rabbis in my life are family members but this time it was different. My dad was the rabbi at the Hillel and we were members at Temple Sinai. So for once in my life, “my” rabbi wasn’t my dad or grandfather. If I close my eyes, I can see him. I can see the moment that is seared into my memory. I was only 5. That’s how strong of an impression he left. I remember that he wore suits......

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Counting the Omer…
Judaism |
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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My Daddy Always Said There’d Be Days Like This…

Just had a lively dispute on Twitter with a very conservative fella who told me I’m a Marxist because I believe in helping my fellow (wo)man. He was kinda abrasive and rude (and I’m not gunna lie, I was rude back) but despite being annoyed and wanting to leave the convo, I stayed and chatted. With plenty of parries and repostes, we tossed 140 characters back and forth. And I am sure he still doesn’t like me and frankly, I’m not super thrilled about him but at least it was an intelligent......

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Negative Body Image and Greek Life

So many of you know that I am the Chapter Advisor for my sorority at University of Colorado – Boulder. I really love: My girls (even though they aren’t always nice to me) My volunteer role (even though it isn’t always easy) My sorority & our international team of volunteers (no even though here…) For me, joining Gamma Phi Beta was an incredible experience. I had gone through almost 2 years of university being a GDI (g-d damn independent) and hanging only with the theatre people before I realized… I needed a......

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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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