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Adventures in Smart Phone Repair

By Susan Esther Barnes

November 27, 2013 | 12:00 am

Screenshot by Susan Esther Barnes

At first, I was a bit confused. Did I not plug in my cell phone completely? Did my computer going into “sleep” mode cause it to stop charging the phone? Eventually, after experiencing the... read on

  • Thanking Donors the Right Way

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 20, 2013 | 12:00 am

    On October 29, Erica Brown published an editorial titled, “We Need Jewish Micro-Giving” in the New York Jewish Week. In it, she argues that people who cannot afford to give large amounts should still be approached for donations, because otherwise, they will feel “invisible” and... read on

  • Speaking to the Dead

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 13, 2013 | 12:00 am

    Jewish tradition isn’t clear about what happens to a person after he/she dies, but it is clear we are supposed to look out for the feelings of the dead person. Part of the ritual of taharah, for instance, in which the body is ritually washed, dressed, and placed in a coffin, is an... read on

  • Praying with Betty

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 am

    For the last few months, on most Saturday afternoons I have been visiting a woman I will call Betty, in order to preserve her privacy. Betty is in hospice, which means she is approaching the end of her life, and is living at home in a hospital-type bed she will likely never leave,... read on

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  • Kevah – A Different Approach to Jewish Learning

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 23, 2013 | 1:00 am

    On Monday night I attended the first in a series of classes by Kevah, an interesting educational institution based in Berkeley, CA. Most Jewish education courses are top-down, with the institution deciding the topic of the course and where it will be. They then go in search of... read on

  • How Converting to Orthodox Judaism is Like Being Transgender

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 16, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I’ll start by saying I’m not converting to Orthodox Judaism, and I’m not transgender. So this whole blog post is written from an outsider’s perspective, and as a result, it may contain inaccuracies. I apologize to anyone who feels I have given an inaccurate picture of either the... read on

  • I’m Not Telling You

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 9, 2013 | 1:00 am

    Pretty much every day, usually more than once a day, I ask myself, “What am I going to write about in my next blog post?” Sometimes, people ask me what I’m planning to write over the next few weeks, as if such a plan has ever existed in my life as a blogger. Sometimes, I’m worried... read on

  • We Had a Guide Named Moses

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 2, 2013 | 1:30 am

    For Sukkot for the last several years, I have helped to build the two sukkot (temporary huts) at the synagogue, and on occasion I shook the lulav, and I usually ate at least once each year in a sukkah. But that was about it. I never slept in one.

    Sukkot is supposed to remind us... read on

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