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Dec 2, 2018, 8:49 PM
It’s Greek to Me
The miracle of Chanukah (or Hannukah or Hanukah) most remembered in our holiday celebration is not the battle, but the miracle of the light: a tiny vessel of oil lasting eight days, menorah remaining lit, a defiled temple purified. ...
Nov 2, 2018, 10:47 PM
You don’t shoot just one Jew These are bullets felt around the world. Through generations. Pain encoded from Pittsburgh to Paris, reconstructionist to Lubavitcher Victim of cossack, concentration camp, Neo-Nazi... You don’t shoot just one Jew Even when barely a minyan, we fill auditoriums and social...
Oct 28, 2018, 5:05 AM
Never again, we learned
Never again, we learned. We must always be aware. It’s the right, it’s the left We say We divide They are better for Israel. Iran. The embassy. On both sides. Hate crimes. BDS. College campuses. Dog whistles. They are better for the Jews. They give tax breaks. They spew hate. They are violent. So...
Sep 7, 2018, 10:54 PM
Tashlich: When the Bread is the Sin
This year, maybe it’s time to start out our days of introspection and reflection by considering what happens when the bread that we cast into water doesn't represent sin, but is the sin itself. Not in a “You eat carbs? I...
May 14, 2018, 11:32 PM
Take My President (Please!): The Gift of Trump Doesn’t Have To Stop With The Embassy
As the new embassy opens in Jerusalem, Americans and Israelis alike join in celebrating the gift of a president, Trump, who has been instrumental in ensuring this historic event. But many Americans find Trump the kind of gift they...
Mar 31, 2018, 2:03 AM
Seder 2018: Passover Politics and Pairings
I can’t imagine a Passover seder this year NOT connecting the dots about the threats posed by modern day authoritarianism. Being Jewish these days likely means we’ll hear both “Let My People Go… to the polls” and “Next year...
Mar 9, 2018, 4:12 PM
I Experimented With Being Bi (partisan) at AIPAC
My mistrust of the Trump administration is not something I have been quiet about (see my “50 Shades of Trump” in The Hill, or “A Jewish Mother Takes Trump to Task” in The Forward, or any number of posts...
Jan 7, 2018, 7:49 AM
A Prayer for 2018
Faces around me, intent in prayer, are beautiful My forehead on cool stone, I begin “Please, g-d...” But I pause, not sure anymore what I’m asking for, or even if it’s OK to ask. In my head I hear my words. “Please g-d” And realize...
Dec 22, 2017, 10:26 PM
Look who I found on JDate!
BTW, being Jewish is a real deal-breaker for me, so I hope you’re planning on converting
Sep 29, 2017, 5:21 PM
A Personal Al Cheyt
For the sin which we have committed before You willingly or because we felt pressured to, sinning to save face or avoid penalty, censure or scorn And for the sin which we have committed before You by closing our eyes...
Judi Zirin is an attorney and freelance writer in the New York area.