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The Torah portion Vayetze describes Jacob’s vision of a ladder stretching between heaven and Earth: “He dreamed, and lo – a stairway was set on the ground with its top reaching to … more
In parashah Lech Lecha, Abraham is invited by God to leave his country, his homeland, the city of his birth, to travel into the unknown and begin a new nation and religion.  Not so unusual … more
All seven days we treat our sukkah as our regular dwelling and our house as our occasional dwelling. – Mishnah Sukkah 2:9There is an odd sense of peace that comes over me during … more
After weeks of tireless watering, I realized that my many tomato plants had yielded only a few tiny, wizened cherry tomatoes. In fact, my garden as a whole had very little to show for the gallons of … more
This week’s Torah portion, the first parashah of the fifth book, Devarim – literally “words,” but often translated as “Deuteronomy” – serves as a background … more
Years ago, I was at a party at the home of some friends. Several of us were sitting on a couch as their five-year-old child was playing noisily with some toys by our feet. The person next to me told … more
Moish and Sara were clearing the old clothes from their closets. “Hey, look what I found in the pocket of one of your suits!” Sara called out, holding a claim ticket in her … more
My wife, our two daughters and I acquired a new family member in January: we finally took the reentry plunge into dog ownership by welcoming Rilla, an Australian labradoodle, into our home. The … more
Two years ago, a couple hours before Passover started, I cried for the first time about the pandemic. My husband and I had planned to have our families come in from out of state, to share food and … more
In her recent book “Burnout – The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle,” researcher Emily Nagoski focuses on the physiological manifestations of chronic stress in the body and the … more
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