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?
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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
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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
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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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WOW! Plane crash in Austin…

WOW! I really am at a loss of words. Wow… There was a plane crash in Austin this morning. A man flew a small, single engine plane into a building. But then I learned more. The “man” was a human being who was much maligned and the victim of our country. He was a throw away person to our tax system. And the building was an IRS building. His name was Andrew Joseph Stack. 53 years old, I believe. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I don’t approve of his methods. He......

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Who knew blue denim could throw your life into such turmoil!?

No, it’s nothing major… just… well… how do I say… I feel guilty when I wear jeans. Yup. I said it. So here’s the story. About 10 years ago I started my transition from hippie, Indigo Girls lovin’, free-form Friday night services followed by going out for ice cream Judaism that was mainly focused on social action (aka Reform) to a skirt wearing, long sleeves in the summer, Baruch Hashem sayin’, Kosher keepin’,  shomer negiah, shomer shabbis, “Flipping Out” “Baal Teshuvah.” (Though I slightly object to being called a Baal Teshuvah. I......

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