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Just Two Weeks Ago

By Susan Esther Barnes

July 30, 2014 | 1:30 am

Alissa in a tree, studying Torah. Photo by Susan Esther Barnes.

I have never published a piece written by someone else on my blog, but my friend Alissa Ralston sent this to me, and I thought it deserved a wider audience. Below. With her permission,... read on

  • Care Packages to Caleb

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    With rockets raining down on Israel and Israeli ground forces in Gaza trying to eliminate, or at least reduce, the ability of Hamas to continue its attacks, it’s hard for those of us in the U.S. who care about Israel to know what to do.

    My inbox is filled with requests for... read on

  • My First Limmud Experience

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 16, 2014 | 1:30 am

    The existence of Limmud first came to my attention a couple of years ago. It started, as I understand it, in the UK, and has been spreading ever since. The idea is that a bunch of volunteers gets together to create a conference on Jewish learning, while various people volunteer to... read on

  • A Parking Space By Any Other Name

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Rabbi Simcha Bunam of P'shis'kha taught that in one pocket we should carry a piece of paper which reads, “The world was made for me, and me alone,” and in the other pocket should be one that says, “I am but dust and ashes.”

    Any time we’re feeling particularly low or discouraged,... read on

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