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A Wintry Mix

Last Friday, after an overnight flight from Philadelphia, we arrived to an overcast sky in Tel Aviv and by the time we reached the Jerusalem hills the skies had darkened, the rain fell, and the windows were fogged up from the heat trapped inside the bus. For those that had never been to Israel before, it probably felt surreal- a long transatlantic flight, a dark and rainy drive to a… Read Article →

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The Whole World Is A Sukkah: Intergalactic Judaism

I’ve probably taught 20 different courses over the past 11 years at Prozdor. While most have been about Israel and the Bible, every now and again I take a shot at something new. This semester I had a crazy idea: what would it be like to teach a class about how Judaism would look, feel, and be celebrated differently if it wasn’t an Earth-based religion? How we would we mark… Read Article →

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Leviathan And Godzilla: Mythic Creatures And Jewish Texts

I’m a summer movie kind of guy. I like doomsday, special effects, dramatic corny dialogue and exhilaration. Case in point: I saw “Independence Day” five times in theaters. (For those of you who are curious, it’s actually not the movie I saw the most times in theaters; that title belongs to “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which I saw six times back in the ’80s.) The summer movie… Read Article →

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The Omer, Extra-Time Goals, and Babies: Is Timing Everything?

When I was little, I was notoriously impatient and notoriously meticulous. I would look at older kids and want to be older. I would count down the days until vacations or camp with anticipation and diligence. I would follow the train schedule stop-by-stop on the way from Boston to Washington seeing how many minutes late or early the train was. It was frustrating, but also gave me a clear goal… Read Article →

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Diversity: A Reflection

Growing up in Belmont, I knew about Bedford in two distinct ways. First, that the Marshall’s in Bedford was the best one around. Second, that Bedford was on the way out to “The Swamp,” which is what my parents called Great Meadows. That was about it. Now that I’ve been a homeowner and resident in Bedford for seven years, though, it’s quite surprising to see Bedford in the international headlines… Read Article →

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Barley and the Jews

New England in mid-March is a mishmash of gray and mud; it’s not the prettiest landscape. I daresay that snow cover is somewhat more attractive, but as we get ready for spring, mud will have to do. As the earth awakens and begins to yield its fruit, and the crocuses wait for the first warm-ish day to prematurely bloom, Passover looms on the less-than-one-month horizon, with its promise of carbohydrates,… Read Article →

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Ballroom Dancing and Bat Mitzvah Blackout: A Conversation with Ilana Pavlotsky

Ilana Pavlotsky is a junior at Needham High School and recently returned from traveling to Ukraine on Havayah, a fellowship run by Prozdor for teens from Boston, Haifa, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to run 10 days of programming for Jewish elementary school students there. Ilana, who comes from a Ukrainian family herself, is a passionate ballroom dancer and active at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton. Before she left, we spoke with her… Read Article →

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Tales From Israel: The Intersection of Faith and Future

For the fourth year in a row I spent a sleepless Shabbat in Jerusalem. It’s not necessarily Jerusalem’s fault that I’m up until 3 in the morning every time I’m there. Given the timing of Prozdor’s vacations and flights, inevitably we arrive late on a Wednesday or Thursday, eat dinner, and then stumble off to bed sometime after 10:00 with our body clocks in full misalignment. And while on most… Read Article →

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The Write Stuff

By this point in my life, I’m certainly old enough to realize what I’m good at. I’ve also reached the point that I recognize what needs a lot of work. Case in point: writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write. I enjoy blogging, I’ve been keeping a daily journal for 25 years and I even like editing other people’s writing. But really, I’m a charlatan. I never took… Read Article →