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  • A Better Person

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 4, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I’m going to describe a situation that happened recently to someone I know. We’ll call him the “Observer.” His desk at work has a lovely view of the building parking lot. One day he noticed a car pulling into a rather tight parking spot. As it pulled in, the car to one side of it... read on

  • Fight Nicely

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 28, 2014 | 1:30 am

    “Fight nicely” is an admonition my sister and I received frequently as we were growing up. It always struck me as an odd thing for an adult to say to a child. Shouldn’t they have been telling us to stop fighting? Now that I’m older, it makes a lot of sense. As human beings, we’re... read on

  • Death on Torah on the Trails

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 21, 2014 | 1:30 am

    On the third Saturday of the month our Torah Study group, which normally meets in a room at the synagogue, instead goes on “Torah on the Trails.” Usually, this consists of carpooling to a trailhead, taking an easy hike to a gathering place, settling in to study some Torah, then... read on

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  • Crossing the Street

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 14, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Last September I wrote, “Juan Rodriguez Delivers a Powerful Rosh Hashanah Sermon” in which I described an event which lead Rabbi Lezak from our synagogue to realize we had never formed a relationship with the K-8 school across the street. Here we were, a bunch of Jews on one side... read on

  • Tempting Fate

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 7, 2014 | 1:00 am

    I’m a literal person. I inherited it from my father, alav hashalom. He was the kind of guy who would call up a business, ask to speak with someone, and when the receptionist inquired, “May I ask who is calling?” he would answer, simply, “Yes,” then wait through the awkward pause... read on

  • The Rebuke of Donald Sterling

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 30, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Donald Sterling, assuming the voice on the recording released this week is really his and hasn’t been altered in any significant way, said some despicable things. Many people were, quite understandably, outraged. On Tuesday of this week, he was banned from the NBA, which is also... read on

  • What if Your Synagogue Called…and Didn’t Ask for Money?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I still remember the first time I got the call. “Hi,” the caller said, “I’m on the synagogue board, and I’m calling to wish you a happy Passover holiday.”

    “Thanks,” I replied, waiting for the request for a donation. Or to serve on a committee. Or some other inconvenient thing the... read on

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