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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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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An Open Love Letter
Judaism |
February 17, 2010

An Open Love Letter

A friend/colleague/partner in Jewish fun crime wrote this open love letter.   http://bit.ly/BeMineDD It is just so sweet. I think we spend so much of our time worrying about control that we forget to let go… I really hope he does find his beshert soon. He certainly deserves it!...

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Brotherhood Postponed
History, Judaism |
January 28, 2010

Brotherhood Postponed

This is the sermon my grandfather (ZT”L) wrote after he marched with Martin Luther King from Selma, Alabama. Being MLK day, I thought it was appropriate and you might enjoy reading it! -Talia Brotherhood Postponed © The March from Selma, Alabama Sunday, March 21, 1965 Indianapolis, Indiana March 26, 1965 Rabbi Maurice Davis My dear friends, it was precisely one month ago tonight, the 26th of February, that we had chosen for the event, which takes place this evening. We called it a “Bring-Your-Neighbor” Sabbath. The thought behind it was to break......

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Bathroom Habits… RESULTS!

Thanks to everyone who took my bathroom habits survey. I was bummed that I didn’t get more of a response but here is the data… Demographics –54 respondents 70% were women30% were men 76% were between 19 – 2922% were between 30 – 392% were between 40 – 49 40% from the Southeast35% from the Central US (Colorado, Kansas, etc)11% from the Southwest7% from the Northeast4% from the Mid-west4% from the Northwest Bathroom habits –When asked what stall you go to, it was an even split between the first, middle, and last,......

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How Much is One Life Worth?

Okay, close your eyes… wait, not really, you have to read this. Pretend to close your eyes. Imagine it is WWII. The German’s captured a soldier on night. Just snatched him over the border. The next day there are cries for his release. But the Germans won’t even talk about releasing him until the American’s release 1000 prisoners. Not prisoners of war, Germans who came to America and committed a crime or multiple crimes that got them put in jail. Well… we can’t let a poor American boy languish in prison in......

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Kosher Candy
Judaism |
December 24, 2009

Kosher Candy

One of my biggest challenges as a person who keeps kosher is finding kosher candy. Seriously! It’s not something you think about. I mean, what are the chances that your chocolate candy bar has bacon in it or cheese and turkey? Okay… I guess I can’t really say that anymore because people are making bacon candy bars… (couldn’t they have found a better picture of bacon? I mean that doesn’t even look good!) But back on track here… the reason we need to look for a hecksher on a candy bar is......

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