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It’s Happened!

By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

June 14, 2013 | 2:58 pm

Thanks to HaShem and to all my beloved teachers and friends, it's happened.  On 2 Tammuz, June 10, I received smichah and was ordained a rabbi and teacher for the people Israel.  (I guess... read on

  • Bangladesh: Is It Time for a Heksher Tzedek On Clothes?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    May 1, 2013 | 9:07 pm

    A couple of weeks ago, we read in Parashat Kidoshim (Shmot 19:19) that we are forbidden to wear “shatnetz.”  Our rabbis take this to be what is referred to in Devarim 22:11, fabric that combines wool and linen.

    At first glance, this prohibition appears to be entirely a hok, a... read on

  • Honoring Teachers of Freedom on Pesach

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 31, 2013 | 4:01 pm

    In this season, when we celebrate freedom and the honor of obligation, let’s remember two rabbis who exemplified those values.  The two teachers I have in mind were contemporaries and, for a while, neighbors.  Orthodox Rabbi Sabato Morais and Reform Rabbi David Einhorn led... read on

  • Come Meet the Landsmen (and Women)!

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 7, 2013 | 3:26 am

    So I’ve been quiescent lately, what with school and thesis and flu and an internship at a real live synagogue.  The last year of rabbi school is b@t5hit nuts.

    But now I can offer a chance to talk in person! (Yeah, I know, be still your heart.)

    On this coming Sunday, March 10,... read on

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  • Really, Grey’s Anatomy?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    February 6, 2013 | 6:39 pm

    Really?  Venal Jews, what a twist, did you think that up all by yourselves?  Or is this some sort of double back-flip attempt at irony or controversy trolling?  Or are you really that oblivious?

    Thing is, Grey’s Anatomy is one of my favorite must-watch shows.  I so want to keep... read on

  • “Be Careful With Your Words”

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    January 27, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Mishnah Avot 1:11 warns us to “be careful with your words.”  Advice, it turns out, that I have not heeded adequately and, therefore, I hurt someone’s feelings carelessly and also demonstrated some sloppy thinking.

    Months ago, in a post about the forbidden temptation of the... read on

  • Pretty Lights and Paid Time Off Work, What’s Not to Like?  Mostly.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    December 24, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    One of the nice things about living a seamless Jewish life is no more Christmas angst.  The key is staying out of malls or planning to make a day of it.  (A friend and I were reminded of this when we made the innocent decision to see The Hobbit at The Grove.  Could not believe the... read on

  • The Maccabees Were Not the Taliban.  Or Che Guevara.  Or the Irgun. Let’s Celebrate the Miracle.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    December 14, 2012 | 2:20 pm

     (For now, the only constructive comments I can think to offer about Connecticut are an acknowledgement of the horror and an offering of prayers.  Next week, after the close of this festival during which we’re forbidden to eulogize and after more facts have come to light, there may... read on

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