Roman Reminder: Amichai’s Clarification about the NYT article

March 20, 2014 I am in Rome for a couple of days, and this morning, while taking a tour of the Jewish Ghetto in the Eternal City I was reminded of the secret of survival: only those of us who truly work together will succeed in co-creating the Judaism that will live and thrive. This lesson comes […]

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“Mr. Lau-Lavie’s Genial Pedagogy, Punky Mischief” Thank you NYT for the great article!

My favorite line: “Mr. Lau-Lavie’s eyes light up when he speaks, his tone alternating between genial pedagogy and — in a slightly higher register — punky mischief. “Thank you John Leland and NYT for a sensitive and gracious article this morning on the vision of Storahtelling LabShul. An apt Purim gift with insightful quotes by colleagues and […]

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Hadassah Gross Presents: Esther Scroll 2014!

Rebbetzin Haddassah Gross, still deep inside the Dead Sea, where she descended just last Purim on a dangerous mission to rescue the Divine Presence, somehow also managed to produce a timely twist on the classic Esther Scroll! Inspired by Disney’s latest Oscar winning song AND the world’s best seller, fueled with faerie dust, celebrating  the courage of queens and the […]

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Why Synagogue? Thinking Out-loud about the Shifting Realities of Sacred Space

Why Synagogue? Amichai Lau-Lavie (A reply to Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove)   My friend Dan is a rabbi in crisis. His small congregation adores him but wants to replace the apple of his eye – his 30 minutes Sabbath morning sermon  -with an interactive lay-led conversation. He wants quality scholarship, advanced literacy – they just want […]

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama & Many Friends: My Chanuka at the White House

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. So with in mind, I was honored and excited to be invited for the White House Chanukah Party on the the eighth day – to pay my respects to first families past and present. There were many highlights, including meeting  many friends from […]

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