Kaddish for Jastrow

It was about a month ago that our dog Jastrow died. He was 3. He escaped from the yard and got hit by a car. Our kids were devastated. So were we. Jastrow’s name was the proof of my rabbi-nerdiness. (Only other rabbis realized that he was named for the Marcus Jastrow Dictionary of theContinue reading “Kaddish for Jastrow”

The Four Children (of Star Wars)

In the section called the “Four Sons,” the Passover seder very wisely recognizes that different children learn differently, depending on their disposition, level of knowledge, age, etc. Here’s how I got my kids to care about the Four Sons at our seder last night: ———————————————————————————————————————————- The Wise Son The wise son almost always follows theContinue reading “The Four Children (of Star Wars)”

G-dcasting the Torah

Check out this very cool visual D’var Torah from http://www.G-dCast.com. Each week they post a similar commentary on the parasha, written and narrated by leading thinkers from across the Jewish spectrum. Shabbat Shalom! Parshat Vayakhel from G-dcast.com More Torah cartoons at http://www.g-dcast.com

The Old Shall Be New and the New Shall be Sacred

This quote from Rav Kook (the first Chief Rabbi of Israel) is the theme for this year’s convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which I am attending in San Francisco. The convention, obviously, is about embracing the future and all of its social implications for Judaism. For example, we heard yesterday from JoeContinue reading “The Old Shall Be New and the New Shall be Sacred”

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