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The Other Why Me

By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

1 week ago

So my car was smashed, the other day, with me in it.  I walked away.  Why me?


How did all of us get to be so lucky/blessed on that day?  An out-of-control van drove across lanes of... read on

  • Still Hungry for Peace

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 17, 2014 | 9:24 pm


    Talmud Bavli, Taanit 26b:
    FIVE MISFORTUNES BEFELL OUR FATHERS ON THE SEVENTEENTH OF TAMMUZ : THE TABLES [OF THE LAW] WERE SHATTERED, THE DAILY OFFERING WAS DISCONTINUED, A BREACH WAS MADE IN THE CITY AND APOSTOMOS BURNED THE SCROLL OF THE LAW AND PLACED AN IDOL IN THE TEMPLE.

    ... read on

  • Good Shabbos and Happy Fourth!

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 4, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    So I’m recently back from London, a wonderful city where I went to attend a celebration at Leo Baeck College of 25 years of LGBT rabbis.  I love traveling for many reasons, not the least of which is finding out again and again that I can land in a strange place, walk into a... read on

  • What Does Judaism Teach About the “Lone Gunman?”

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    What do we mean by ‘crazy’?  Is crazy the same as insane?  Is insane the same as mentally ill?  Can loneliness drive a person crazy?  Are “socially isolated” people mentally ill?


    It terrifies me to read Elliot Rodger’s “manifesto”; really, his auto-biography which documents a... read on

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  • 12 Years A Slave Could Have Been Set in Los Angeles Today—and We Can Do Something About It

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 6, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    Imagine that you are promised a great job by recruiters who wine and dine you and whisk you out of town—not to the lucrative gig you were promised but into terrifying captivity.  You find yourself trapped in a strange place without any identification or anyone who knows who you are... read on

  • The Arc of History is Bendy, But It Wobbles Toward Justice

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 28, 2013 | 5:47 pm

    This week, the US Supreme Court vitiated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and then ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-gender marriage, unconstitutional.  This, in my opinion, meant a step backward and then a step forward for civil rights.

    ... read on
  • 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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rabbi Robin Podolsky is an Educator at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.  Before she became a rabbi, she worked as a press secretary to an elected official, a...

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