Category Archives: Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

The Many Musical Voices of Debbie Friedman (1952-2011)
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

The Many Musical Voices of Debbie Friedman (1952-2011)

Debbie Friedman (1952-2011) helped start a revolution in Jewish sacred music, when she was an 18-year-old song leader in Reform Jewish camps and youth retreats. She lived long enough to see that revolution fully embraced, accepted, and adopted by the Jewish music establishment. Her music is now a routine part of regular Jewish worship, religious schools, and retreats for adults, even the biennial convention of all Reform Judaism, as well as teenagers.

Imagine! I Became a Man 50 Years Ago
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Imagine! I Became a Man 50 Years Ago

The 50th anniversary of my Bar Mizvah is Oct. 20, 2011 on the Western calendar; on the Hebrew (lunar) calendar, it is Shabbos Lech L’cha, which this year falls on Nov. 5. I’ll mark the occasion by reading a few verses from the Torah.

Purim: Real Men Don’t Wear Costumes
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Purim: Real Men Don’t Wear Costumes

Purim is a Jewish feast, a costume party, based on the Book of Esther. As with many Jewish holidays, the theme is, “They tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat.” Tradition tells you exactly how much to drink: until you don’t know the difference between blessed Mordechai and evil Haman, a huge difference.

Who Harmed Children More: Harry Potter or the Pope?
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Who Harmed Children More: Harry Potter or the Pope?

Before Church documents showed Pope Benedict’s cover-up of child molesting priests, he said Harry Potter was damaging to children’s souls.

How School Prayer Became Unconstitutional
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How School Prayer Became Unconstitutional

School prayer is an unconstitutional “establishment of religion” by government. Allowing any child to walk out is not voluntary enough. Children have a special fear of being ridiculed by their peers

There is no war on Christmas
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

There is no war on Christmas

There is no war on Christmas, or Christian believers. “Happy Holiday” cards, despite what a few Christians say.

Rev. Jerry Falwell Made Us a More Bigoted, Polarized Nation
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Rev. Jerry Falwell Made Us a More Bigoted, Polarized Nation

Jerry Falwell’s political legacy on earth will be a country fighting with itself over abortion, stem cell research, and evolution, i

My Best Passover in 35 Years
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

My Best Passover in 35 Years

The place Passover holds in the Jewish family is much closer to Christmas than Easter. Passover is as stressful as Christmas for all the same reasons.

Hanukkah: The Jewish Holiday that Falls at Christmastime
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

Hanukkah: The Jewish Holiday that Falls at Christmastime

There is no similarity between Christmas and the Jewish holiday that falls in December, except that both are festive celebrations with lights.

The New Rabbi’s Sexuality: No Controversy, No headline
Religion, spirituality, and Jewish life

The New Rabbi’s Sexuality: No Controversy, No headline

The Concord temple hired an openly gay rabbi. No one objected. So why was her sexuality a Page One headline?

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