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July 27, 2020

Thought Pieces


Yael Leibowitz


Slaying the Giant

January 10, 2024

Israelis don't want to fight, but they have no choice: They are the front line defending civilization against the onslaught of savagery.


14 guests

October 9, 2022

With a key twist on traditional ushpizin, we enter our sukkahs to sit with the memories of our forebears, and apply the lessons of their experiences to our lives


The Hidden Power of Inconvenient Truths

March 28, 2023

Blame is easy. Recognizing our flaws and speckled history, less so. But if we truly want to grow and evolve as a People and a society, we must be brave enough to face all the different facets of our shared history. 


The rivers of Babylon

August 6, 2022

The people mourn Jerusalem, and rage at its destruction, even as they believe they'll return one day. In the meantime, in exile, they help each other


A house divided yet we must stand

November 3, 2022

When we discover that we no longer share a narrative with the very people who share our history, we must deepen and expand our identity to protect our shared future


A passover prayer

April 10, 2022

May we gather, bicker, make crumbs, and laugh together with those we love. And may we ask all the hard questions that we cannot answer, for that too is our inheritance


Chaim Walder and the Power of Nuance

Stacked Wooden Logs

Lessons From a Murderer


David and Goliath: On the modern state of Israel

September 29, 2021

December 30, 2021

traditional explanations of difficult texts can turn harmful for students who may be sensitive for a whole host of reasons. Jewish educators can teach better

What does it take in today's day and age to live in harmony with the universe?

May 25, 2021

We are precariously perched among stronger, richer nations sworn to destroy us. So we wield power, and curb it, and worry about our national body and soul



May 9, 2021

What does it take for those 'least likely to succeed' to achieve greatness? Maybe it's divine intervention; maybe it's something more


We are Moses

March 18, 2021

We have been strangers everywhere that we have been. We have tried, and failed, and fled, and found refuge, and fled again. And then the sea of exile split for a second time


Go, and know…

October 25, 2020

When the world has grown small, and yet family feels farther away than ever, here's a moment to pause, with a sense of pride, and an awareness of destiny (Lech Lecha)

A wooden figure of a woman with a void f

The Birthplace of Infertility

Image by Aimee Vogelsang

Shattered Symbols

Woman Collage

The Jewish Woman’s Bible

July 27, 2020

February 6, 2020

September 16, 2020

Navigating the precarious journey from conception to birth is both universal and timeless, and we are living in unprecedented times.

Greek Ancient Sculpture of Warrior

The Books of Maccabees: A tale of two stories

December 25, 2019

Imagine if Antiochus had written the story of Hanukkah... or if Judah Maccabee's mother had. Every account reflects its author's background, including the ones we have

Can we live up to the indestructible chain of Jewish history that the Israeli menorah represents, in the face of our heritage of severe infighting?

Image by Shirly Niv Marton

Does the Book of Esther belong in the Bible?

March 20, 2019

'Write my story down for the generations to come,' demanded Esther. But would the sages do it? (Historical fiction)

A millennia-old book of the Bible demonstrates just how warped society can get without women's active participation

Image by Siora Photography

Blame Tamar, the killer-wife (or not)

December 7, 2018

The very mistakes our ancestors made when bowing to convention become the Torah's way of teaching unconventional truths.

Image by Mika Baumeister

Voices to Listen for in 2019


Twinkle, twinkle, burnt-out star

Image by Damien DUFOUR Photographie

If hills could speak

July 15, 2018

January 17, 2019

In 2019 we are frantically searching for answers, but the noise generated by that search runs the risk of drowning out essential voices. 

September 3, 2018

The Days of Awe force us to seek balance between wonderment at God’s universe and finding a meaningful place within it

Jewish history has taught us that survival is less fragile than we have been led to believe. (poetry)

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