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When Society Loses Its Balance

By Susan Esther Barnes

6 hours ago

Photo of painting by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, http://www.lkushner.com

For many of us, especially we privileged white folk, the world in which we conduct our lives may seem like a pretty solid, predictable, trustworthy place. It’s easy to forget that society... read on

  • O Captain, My Captain

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 week ago

    Sitting here at my desk, I feel like crying. I notice a post on my Twitter feed from Rabbi Joe Black, asking, “Why does the death of Robin Williams hit so hard?” It’s an excellent question. Suicide is always so sad. It always feel like it could have been prevented, although God... read on

  • Is it Over?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 weeks ago

    As I write this, the 72 hour ceasefire appears to be holding, and the IDF has withdrawn its troops from Gaza. The unpredictability of this conflict, however, makes it impossible for me to write with any confidence that by the time it is read it will not be hopelessly out of date.

    ... read on
  • Just Two Weeks Ago

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 weeks ago

    I have never published a piece written by someone else on my blog, but my friend Alissa Ralston sent this to me, and I thought it deserved a wider audience. Below. With her permission, are her words. They speak for themselves.


    7/27/2014


    Just over two weeks ago I was in my... read on

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  • Care Packages to Caleb

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    With rockets raining down on Israel and Israeli ground forces in Gaza trying to eliminate, or at least reduce, the ability of Hamas to continue its attacks, it’s hard for those of us in the U.S. who care about Israel to know what to do.

    My inbox is filled with requests for... read on

  • My First Limmud Experience

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 16, 2014 | 1:30 am

    The existence of Limmud first came to my attention a couple of years ago. It started, as I understand it, in the UK, and has been spreading ever since. The idea is that a bunch of volunteers gets together to create a conference on Jewish learning, while various people volunteer to... read on

  • A Parking Space By Any Other Name

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    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 that says, “I am but dust and ashes.”

    Any time we’re feeling particularly low or discouraged,... 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

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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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