Joseph and the Jewish Christmas

My posting is a bit later than usual this week because of the holiday. Yes, that holiday. After all these years, I think I am still figuring out what it means to be a Jew on Christmas. Growing up where I did in New York, with a large Jewish population, it seemed that Christmas celebrators …

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The 12th Man and the 10th Man

Last Sunday I headed down to LA to take part in a spiritual retreat, a wonderfully intense week full of song and silence, meditation and prayer, movement and stillness. It was an experience on which I am still reflecting. But before the retreat began, there was a moment of despair when I realized that I …

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Lincoln, Spielberg, Kushner and Strouse

While much of the post-Oscars buzz is about host Seth MacFarlane and charges of racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism in his shtick—about what is subverting stereotypes and what is upholding them—there was another moment during the awards show that also got me thinking. When Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for his monumental portrayal of Abraham …

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