There were 14 Torah scrolls and hundreds of committed Jews standing with one goal: to hold an egalitarian service at the Kotel.
At 33 with a baby, the words “mammogram,” “MRI,” “genetic consultation,” and “hysterectomy” can be scary. I want to be here for my family.
Kristallnacht, which literally means “the night of broken glass,” occurred on the night of November 9, 1938; this date marked the beginning of the Holocaust.
The end is near. When we wake up on November 9th, it will be over. And what happens then? We get up and go to work.
My adult children in both America and Israel have expressed concern over the outcome of the American elections. This letter is my contribution to their thinking.
In the midst of this week’s parashah, most of which focuses on Jacob’s return to the land of Canaan with his wives, maidservants, and children, is a lengthy story about Jacob’s only daughter, Dina (Genesis 34). While Jacob briefly appears in this story, he plays a surprisingly insignificant role. Indeed, after Jacob hears that Dina has been raped by Shechem, a local Hivite prince, he neither tells anyone nor takes any action, choosing to wait until his sons, who are in the fields tending to the livestock, return home (Genesis 34:5).
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