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  • Jewish Texts in Non-Orthodox Homes

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 30, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Rabbi Daniel Gordis recently published in article called, “The Letter that Natanyahu Should, but Won’t, Send,” in response to Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding recognition of non-Orthodox Jewish denominations.

    He throws out the... read on

  • A Funny Thing Happened at the Kotel

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 23, 2013 | 7:00 am

    A funny thing happened at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem last week. According to Our Quiet Prayer at the Kotel on the Women of the Wall (WoW) website, just shy of a dozen women prayed out loud at the Kotel, wearing tallitot (prayer shawls), and nothing bad happened.

    Such a... read on

  • What’s So Special About Rabbi Sharon Brous?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 16, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Last weekend we were privileged to have Rabbi Sharon Brous from Ikar speak at our congregation and at a couple of other events in the area. We all agreed she was fabulous, but it got me to wondering what, exactly, sets her apart from so many other rabbis?

    I’ll start out by saying... read on

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  • Happy Anniversary, John Barnes

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 9, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Last week my husband and I reached our 10th wedding anniversary. One might expect me to say we “celebrated” it, but I avoided that word on purpose. We both worked a full day that day, after which I participated in a meeting at the synagogue. I then came home, chatted a bit with my... read on

  • 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 the antics of Warrior of the Wall Anat Hoffman.”
    The name of the group is Women of the Wall. In a post that purports to be about... read on

  • 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 years ago why I don’t, I probably would have said it’s because if I see something I want to change, I work on changing it right away,... read on

  • 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 families, were empty. At the rabbi’s request, some of us moved up to the front row.

    In the moments before we say the Amidah, the central... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Susan Esther Barnes is a religious Reform Jew who can regularly be seen greeting people at her synagogue before services. She is a founding member of her synagogue’s chevra...

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