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Judaism

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Loss

Some treat shiva purely as a party. Some have a mournful air. Some look deeply into your eyes, and you can see that they have suffered, too. This is the higher purpose of suffering: to inspire deep-eyed compassion. It’s one of those truisms that is actually true.

By Sparrow December 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Monotheism At Thirty Thousand Feet

Below me the world turned slowly through the night, unaware of the multilayered geopolitics my coffee-jangled brain was imposing upon it. I could find reasons to forgive Judaism and Islam their present-day sins. Christianity was another matter.

By Andrew Boyd May 2020
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

In Pieces

Rabbi Nachman had a special dish which he used for the Sabbath loaves. It had belonged to his own master, Rabbi Lev of Grenoble, and it occupied a prominent place in his home.

By David Slabotsky December 2019
The Dog-Eared Page

excerpted from The Diary Of A Young Girl

One good thing has come out of this: as the food gets worse and the decrees more severe, the acts of sabotage against the authorities are increasing.

By Anne Frank June 2019
One Nation, Indivisible

June 2019

Featuring Stephen R. Schwartz, Parker J. Palmer, Gloria Baker Feinstein, and more.

June 2019
Quotations

Sunbeams

It is an illusion to suppose that a dictator makes himself; at most he seizes an opportunity made for him by passive, stupid, incompetent, and, above all, unsatisfied and fearful men.

L. Susan Stebbing

June 2019
The Sun Interview

The Holiness Hidden Within The World

Rabbi Rachel Timoner On Rediscovering Judaism

Our God is the God of the widow and the orphan and the stranger, a God who says, “If you harm them, their cries will reach me.”

By Laura Esther Wolfson October 2018
Fiction

The Natural Order Of Hebrew School

A low-grade, persistent terror plagued me throughout the summer before sixth grade, because in June I’d found out I was to spend the next year in Rabbi Friedberg’s class at my Orthodox Jewish Hebrew school.

By Ezra Zonana October 2018
Poetry

Selected Poems

Suddenly
A thousand seagulls rise off the river
behind my classroom.
Facing the back windows,
I watch the birds fly
By Yehoshua November October 2018
The Dog-Eared Page

The Wandering Jew

There was once a Jew who had been wandering for hundreds of years in search of his death.

By David Slabotsky October 2018