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Slowing Down for the Holidays

By Susan Esther Barnes

September 18, 2013 | 1:00 am

Photo by Susan Esther Barnes

Yom Kippur last year was a mad rush. I went to services in the morning, dashed off to a retirement home to do a service for them, rushed over to the civic center to listen to a Q&A with... read on

  • Juan Rodriguez Delivers a Powerful Rosh Hashanah Sermon

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 11, 2013 | 1:00 am

    On Wednesday night last week, Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael heard a powerful sermon by Juan Rodrigez. No, Mr. Rodriguez is not a rabbi. I have reason to believe he is not even Jewish. So what, you may ask, was he doing giving a sermon on Erev Rosh Hashanah, the start of... read on

  • How to Ask for Forgiveness

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 4, 2013 | 1:00 am

    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, but that for sins of one person against another, God does not grant forgiveness until we have... 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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