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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 I'm going to have to rename this blog pretty soon.  Any ideas?)

    Here is an edited version of... 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

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  • 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

  • “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

  • On Election Day, I hugged a Republican

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    November 9, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    So I’ve been quiet lately, election-obsessed, but still trying to work out that ‘non-partisan’ thing in anticipation of becoming a rabbi.  No more need for coyness now.  If you’re my FB friend, you know who I supported (and if the rest of you should guess that my candidate’s name... read on

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