Reflections on a Journey to and Through Me’ah

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Student, Me’ah
June 10, 2014

Now that my Me’ah cycle is complete, I want to express a few thoughts on the experience and how it shaped my relationship to Judaism. First, about me: an “interested gentile,” mostly nonbelieving, with one foot in Jewish practice and observance. Married into Judaism, understanding that we would raise our child as a Jew. The […]

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A New View of the Narrow Bridge

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 27, 2014

I really didn’t think this text was going to resonate but I tried it anyway.  The topic was risk-taking behavior – and the parents were getting more and more anxious with each passing minute, as they imagined their ‘tweens “doing what they did as teenagers,” testing the limits either with alcohol, drugs or sex.   While […]

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A Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Toolkit

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 22, 2014

After a few gentle nudges from my sister, my husband Alan and I decided to register for Parenting Through a Jewish Lens last fall. We had moved to the suburbs only a month earlier and though we wanted our then 5 year-old to begin Hebrew school, choosing a synagogue felt overwhelming. The PTJL class seemed […]

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Our Children Are Not Us by Rabbi David Jaffe

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 13, 2014

In the 1990s film classic, Austin Powers, Dr. Evil has a clone who he calls “Mini-me.”  The mini-me looks just like Dr. Evil except he is one eighth his size. When my first son was younger I had a secret hope that he would be my mini-me. He would love playing soccer and studying Torah.  […]

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Eser to the Rescue: Passover Edition

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May 9, 2014

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish holiday. The story of freedom, the props – 10 plague finger puppets, the inflatable matzah beach ball, the food (you know your yearly serving of gefilite fish was something to complain about BUT also an awesome way to get an extra dose of horseradish), the fashion (when your […]

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Modeh Ani

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Participant, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
May 6, 2014

“Modeh ani l’fanecha….” A group of moms and dads sits around a table in the synagogue library, eager to see what centuries of prayer and rabbinic wisdom can tell us about how to raise our kids. It’s the first day of parenting class, and we are squinting through our Jewish lenses.  The first topic is […]

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Denomination, Shenomination: A Night of Learning with Rabbis From Across the Spectrum

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Particpant, Eser
May 5, 2014

On the last Friday night in March, I experienced an evening of true Jewish pluralism. I was one of about 100 young adults that gathered in the function hall of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline to celebrate Shabbat and the program that brought us all together: Eser. We came from about 20 different local communities, […]

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Learning through Jewish texts and history at Me’ah in Sharon

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April 29, 2014

  Every Monday evening, 18 adults crowd into a small classroom at Temple Israel in Sharon. Many have already put in a long day at work —developing software, seeing patients, writing marketing copy and attending college. On a recent evening, prophecy was on the agenda – Old Testament prophets Jonah and Elijah specifically. For the […]

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“Wow”–The Jewish Story in Context

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Instructor, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens; Participant, Me’ah
April 28, 2014

“Wow.” Although somewhat inarticulate this word seems to best describe my initial feelings as I complete my Me’ah reading for the week. However, this is no ordinary week. This is the final week, the final reading of two years, four semesters, forty Thursday nights and one hundred hours of class. It’s a strange feeling, this […]

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Eser Discusses Interfaith Relationships

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Particpant, Eser
April 9, 2014

“How Jewish are you?” is how religion first came up in our relationship. Bart asked me on our second date. Even though I thought it was an odd question for someone whose JDate profile read “willing to convert,” I played along and answered. Bart “came clean” immediately: not a J. Two years later, we’re enjoying […]

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