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Just Two Weeks Ago

By Susan Esther Barnes

7 hours ago

Alissa in a tree, studying Torah. Photo by Susan Esther Barnes.

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,... read on

  • Care Packages to Caleb

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

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  • 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

  • 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

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