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  • Turning 60

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    July 16, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    Whenever Israel has a watershed anniversary, I'm a sucker for commemorative albums and coins. Like Israel, I was born in 1948. Our lives are intertwined.

    Israel is my Rorschach. I see myself refracted in our shared growth and maturity. I believe that the existence of Israel makes...

  • Dad’s drive

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 12, 2008 | 2:38 pm

    My father, Milt Freudenheim, retired a couple of weeks ago from a job that he couldn't let go of. Despite the fact that he is 81, he said he still plans to go on working for as long as he's able.

    I bring this up not only because it's Father's Day this weekend, and I feel that anyone...

  • From generation to generation

    By Arthur Cohn

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The first chief rabbi of the Jewish community of the Swiss city of Basel was my grandfather, Arthur Cohn, after whom I was named and whom I know only through hearsay and stories told by my father.

    For 40 years, my grandfather held the office of chief rabbi of Basel, a city to...

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  • On Second Thought

    By Joshua Metzger

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This week, I will sit on my porch, gaze at the pergola and see in its place a bamboo mat. I will remind myself of the biblical commandment, "in a sukkah you shall sit seven days." And I will then, as I work my way through the interminable "three day yom tov" look up at the Southern...
  • Christmas in Sukkot?

    By Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last year we moved into a home large enough to build the sukkah we've been dreaming of for a long time. My partner, Stephen Ariel, designed a sturdy, easy-to-assemble structure, and with the abundant bamboo in our backyard we could harvest homegrown skakh (branches used for...
  • One man’s sukkah is another man’s shack

    By Jacob Neusner

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Let me tell you about my Brazilian song. I heard many songs in Brazil, surely the most musical of all countries. The power of dance and music shapes few worlds so forcefully as Brazil's.

    I heard a song for Sukkot in Brazil. It is a song of the shacks in the slums -- that is to say,...

  • Who needs law school? Just marry a lawyer!

    By Jane Ulman

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    First, let me say that by the time I announced to my family that I was actually getting married, at the already questionable child-bearing age of 34, they would have been ecstatic had I said I was marrying a Martian.

    The fact that Larry was a lawyer, on the partner track at a...

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