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Welcome to CJN Readers!

photo credit: disparkys I wanted to take a minute and offer a hearty “Bruchim HaBa’im” – welcome –  to any new readers who’ve wandered over here from the Cleveland Jewish News. An article that appeared in this week’s edition (“Foods That Elevate“) profiles the early years of the EdibleTorah experience, and how it went from an informal social gathering into the trend-setting... read more

11 for ’11

I just read this post over on the URJ’s blog, and thought it would be a great exercise for me (and hopefully you’ll join in). The premise is simple: we make other kinds of resolutions for the coming year, why not make some Jewish ones? So without further fanfare, Posted here on the 11th day of 2011 (at 11:11am) are are my  Top 11 Jewish goals. Get to bed on time. While it doesn’t sound... read more

The Velveteen Rabbi Can Now Run and Play

To say that Rachel Barenblat, aka “The Velveteen Rabbi” has had an impact on me as a writer, as a blogger and as a Jew is something of an understatement. She may not be the first person to ever blog about her spiritual journey, but she was certainly the first person who wrote on the subject in a way that resonated with my experience. She combined good writing with introspection with just... read more

Debbie Friedman z”l

I am adding my voice to those who mourn the passing of this fixture of modern Jewish music. I don’t expect to offer any new insights into who she was, and I certainly don’t expect to say anything new given the outpouring of love from all corners of the world. The best I can hope to do is to explain what her music meant to me, personally. I am not ashamed to say that her music formed the foundation of my... read more

Shabbat Haiti

Recently, I blogged about the way my family collects tzedakah, and our annual Chanukah tradition for dispensing the funds we collect through the year. I also wrote about one particular Shabbat, when we decided the funds should be allocated ahead of schedule to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina. This week, as friends and family gathered around the table to read about the plagues that God sent... read more

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