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How to Ask for Forgiveness

By Susan Esther Barnes

September 4, 2013 | 1:00 am

Graphic from Wikimedia/DannyChan

One of the things I like most about the High Holy Days is it is a time to seek and to grant forgiveness. We are told that, during this time, God grants forgiveness for sins against God,... read on

  • Why I Hate Dealing with the USPS

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 28, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I make it a policy not to write about my work, and I try not to use my blog as a bully pulpit, but I’m frustrated and I just need to get this off my chest.

    One of the least favorite things about my job is dealing with the United States Postal Service. No doubt about it, they do a... read on

  • Improving on a HHD Mitzvah

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 21, 2013 | 1:00 am

    The High Holy Days are rapidly approaching, and with it the annual appeal by Mazon to take whatever money we would have spent on Yom Kippur for food if we were not fasting, and donate it to help feed people who are hungry many other days of the year.

    That’s a great start, but... read on

  • Reinventing an Eternal Tradition with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 14, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I was honored to have brunch last Sunday morning with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), along with other leaders from my congregation. I’m going to write about what he said, but first I’m going to write about how he said it.

    In the room were... read on

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  • Why bus stops smell like urine

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 7, 2013 | 1:00 am

    A friend queried on Facebook, “Why oh why can't BART be clean??? The Embarcadero station smells like a latrine!” It didn’t take long for someone to respond, “Because people are disgusting and have peed all over the stairs.”

    It’s so sad the first thing that springs to people’s... read on

  • Ten Things I Did Right

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 31, 2013 | 1:00 am

    My husband and I just got our Estate Planning documents done. By that I mean we each signed a Will regarding how we would like our assets distributed after our death, Power of Attorney documents in case we’re incapacitated and medical instructions saying to pull the plug if we’re... read on

  • Becoming Whole

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 24, 2013 | 1:00 am

    The letter from my attorney came a few weeks ago. It said I had discharged all my duties as the executor of the estate of my father, alav hashalom. It was expected. It was a relief. It was a blow.

    For more than two years, the administration and distribution of my father’s estate... read on

  • White Privilege

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 17, 2013 | 1:00 am

    Of all the things not to like about the Trayvon Martin killing and subsequent events – and nothing could possibly even come close to outweighing the tragedy of an unarmed teenager being killed on his way home from the convenience store – there is at least one good thing coming out... read on

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