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A Parking Space By Any Other Name

By Susan Esther Barnes

July 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

Photo by Susan Esther Barnes

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... read on

  • Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to Women’s Health

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 30, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Earlier today the Supreme Court dealt a startling blow to women’s health rights when it ruled that Hobby Lobby and other closely held companies can decide not to include coverage for certain types of birth control in their health insurance plans for employees.

    This means, for... read on

  • Conversation About BDS

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 25, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Last Sunday I attended an even at Kol Shofar in Tiburon as part of their “Bridges to Israel” series. It was a panel discussion about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) effort aimed at Israel. The panelists were Andy David, the Israeli Counsel General to the Pacific... read on

  • Celebratory Cyst

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 18, 2014 | 1:40 am

    I was in the shower on a recent Friday morning, when the thought occurred to me that I hadn’t done a breast self-exam recently. I know you’re supposed to do it once a month, but it’s just not usually top of mind. My mammogram last October was clear and everything was fine when I... read on

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  • The Real Reason to Seek Converts

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 11, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I was, briefly, quite pleased when I saw that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach had written a blog post in the Jewish Journal called, “Jews should seek converts.” I say “briefly” because I was quite disappointed when I read his reasoning.

    Sadly, his reasons for seeking converts to Judaism... read on

  • 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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