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Apr 28, 2021, 1:15 PM
My close friend was a covert Christian missionary
I hate that she betrayed my trust and can't restore it, but what I hate even more is that she destroyed our ability to trust each other
Mar 29, 2019, 11:52 AM
Shemini: A leap out of line
The two brothers who try to follow in the family tradition of taking initiative, but misjudge horribly
Mar 12, 2019, 3:44 PM
Are you a Purim scrooge?
A quiz to discover your inner Purim spirit, as you prepare (or don't) for the holiday
Mar 6, 2019, 11:22 PM
How Do You Mourn A Friend?
The laws of Jewish mourning provide structure and support for bereaved family, but how do you mourn a friend? Some years ago, a friend of ours was cycling to work when he was knocked off his bicycle and killed. It...
Dec 14, 2018, 2:56 PM
Tell all the truth, but tell it slant: Serach bat Asher
She personifies speech that heals, connecting Jacob with the world again, and giving the Children of Israel hope at the end of their exile (Vayigash)
Oct 26, 2018, 3:54 PM
What could change in Beit Shemesh
Beit Shemesh is facing a critical election: between incumbent mayor Moshe Abutbul, who has been mayor for the last 10 years, and challenger Aliza Bloch, head of the Branco Weiss school network. Bloch is running on the platform of "עיר...
Oct 21, 2018, 4:15 PM
Holocaust survivor rocks Beit Shemesh
Last week, I went to an evening with a Holocaust survivor that was like no inspirational evening you have ever been to. It was billed as a concert, but this was no concert. As the organizer, drummer David Fenster, said...
Apr 2, 2015, 12:53 AM
The Grown-Up Guide To An Engaging, Meaningful Seder Night
It's time to take back the (Seder) night! This year, it's going to be a lively, meaningful, engaging Seder experience for everyone. Discuss & Debate Thought-provoking discussion topics with ‘I-never-thought-of-that’ questions to stimulate active discussion around your Seder table. Since no prior Jewish...
Jan 8, 2015, 10:55 PM
ISIS Isn’t The Problem, or It’s The Ideology, Stupid
I haven't done a media survey of any kind of thoroughness, but i have noticed from a few of the varied articles i read on the Charlie Hebdo attack that there is a new tendency to blame it on...
Oct 29, 2014, 10:15 AM
What’s So Bad About Freundel?
Like just about everyone, I've been shocked and unsettled by the recent revelations (allegations?) about R' Barry Freundel. (The Washington rabbi has been arrested for voyeurism, after hidden cameras were found in the mikvah next door to his shul.) But...
Amanda is professional writer who just loves words. She's also an experienced Jewish educator and amateur mother, with a fascination with convergence and a tendency to wield sarcasm and irony when vexed.