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Awake, Calm and Stable

I'm back. Or, at least, getting there. I thank you for your patience, readers of this column, as I took the past month off from writing as part of my unexpected medical leave. As you may have heard, in the beginning of January I came down with bacterial meningitis. So what happened? After a difficult ...

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Be a Mentsch

There is a nice confluence this year with the end of the Gregorian calendar coinciding with parashat Vayehi, the last Torah portion of the Book of Genesis. As we say goodbye to 2013, we are also turning the page on our weekly Torah reading cycle. The Jewish liturgical cycle has us read the entire Torah ...

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Newtown and Our Town

We are all still reeling from the events last week in Newtown, Connecticut. The brutal killing of 27 people, including 20 young children, is heart breaking. That day I had spent the morning in my son's kindergarten classroom as he was honored as the week's VIP. We shared pictures, I made latkes and his teacher ...

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Welcome to my blog

Third time is a charm, they say. This is my third attempt at a blog. It is an opportunity to share my thoughts, musings, links, etc.--but you already know what a blog is. I am a rabbi serving the Jewish community of Olympia, Washington and environs, hence the title of this blog. 360 is the ...