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From Death to Life

As we wrapped up the festival of Passover, our Christian brothers and sisters were reflecting on a story of resurrection. On the one hand, we can say that the theme of resurrection does not play a major role in Jewish theology. On the other hand, what is resurrection if not the renewal of life? With ...

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Testimony on the Reproductive Parity Act

Yesterday I went to the Washington State Capitol for the third time this session to testify. This time it was in front of a Senate committee considering the Reproductive Parity Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would require health plans to cover all aspects of maternal care, including voluntary termination of pregnancy.  My testimony ...

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Ready or Not, Here We Go

This time of year reminds me of one of the biggest arguments Yohanna and I have had as a couple, because it was about Passover. In 1996, we were spending our first Passover together. She had brought to my apartment a jar of pesto, and I resisted using it because it wasn't labeled Kosher for ...

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Testimony against Predatory Lending

On a beautiful day in Olympia, when the evidence of spring is all over the Capitol Campus, I had the opportunity to give testimony in front of the House Business and Financial Services Committee against predatory lending. Here is my testimony: Members of the committee, my name is Rabbi Seth Goldstein and I am here ...

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Be the Egg

When we sit around the Seder table next week we will have the opportunity to retell the story of the Exodus-of our spiritual ancestors' oppression of slavery in Egypt and the liberation brought by Moses, culminating in the passing through the Red Sea and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. But we are ...

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Testimony in favor of excused absences for Jewish holidays

Today I testified in front of the WA Senate Commerce and Labor Committee in support of SB5173, a bill which would provide for excused absences at work or school for "days of faith or conscience"--i.e., in our case, Jewish holidays that conflict with work or school. I joined a panel with a representative of the ...

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It’s Blintzapalooza!

Today is Blintzapalooza day at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, at once the most counter-intuitive and the most appropriate day for a Jewish congregation.Blintzaplooza was started by TBH members 25 years ago as a means to give back to the community, when it was felt by some that the congregation was not engaged enough outside its walls. ...

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What Came First, the Harlem Shake or the Egg?

The Internet meme of the moment (or perhaps already past) is the Harlem Shake, a video meme in which a group of people dance crazily to a song by artist and producer Baauer. It has a bit of a "plot"-the videos open with the beginning clip of music with one person dancing while others around ...