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  • I Beg to Disagree, Rabbi Avi Shafran

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 2, 2013 | 7:10 pm

    After reading the recent post by Rabbi Avi Shafran in the Jewish Journal, I just had to respond. Here is my fisk of his post.

    “It’s easy to dismiss... More.

  • I Made No New Year’s Resolutions

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 2, 2013 | 7:00 am

    I made no New Year’s resolutions this year. Which is nothing new. I don’t believe I have ever made a New Year’s resolution. If you had asked me ten... More.

  • Know Before Whom You Stand

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 26, 2012 | 7:00 am

    There was no bar or bat mitzvah ceremony at my synagogue this weekend, so the chairs in the front row, normally occupied by the bar/bat mitzvah... More.

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  • Shining Lights in the Darkness

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 19, 2012 | 7:00 am

    On Friday night last week, the seventh night of Chanukah, dozens of families arrived at our synagogue, each with a chanukiah (Chanukah menorah or... More.

  • Jewish Hash Browns

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 12, 2012 | 7:00 am

    It happens every year. Chanukah rolls around, and at some point the rabbi asks me about my latke consumption. Every year, I tell him I haven’t had any.... More.

  • Mindful Eating

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 5, 2012 | 7:00 am

    As part of services last Saturday, we had what was billed as a creative eating meditation. “In our all too-busy world,” the congregation weekly email... More.

  • Religious or Cultural?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 28, 2012 | 7:00 am

    I was at the Safeway checkout counter this week, about to respond with my usual, “Yes, thanks” when asked whether I had found everything I need, when... More.

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