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White Privilege

By Susan Esther Barnes

July 17, 2013 | 1:00 am

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Of all the things not to like about the Trayvon Martin killing and subsequent events – and nothing could possibly even come close to outweighing the tragedy of an unarmed teenager being... read on

  • Silence, Woman!

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 10, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I was getting off the freeway on Monday, when I saw a bumper sticker in the back window of the vehicle in front of me. It featured a picture of California State Senator Dianne Feinstein, with a dog muzzle over her mouth, and the words, “Muzzle Feinstein.”

    The message isn’t... read on

  • Pride Shabbat Provides Water for the Thirsty

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 3, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Last weekend was the hottest weekend we’ve had so far this year. It was hotter than normal for this time of the year. And our synagogue has no air conditioning.

    There was both a bar mitzvah and a bat mitzvah ceremony in the sanctuary on Saturday morning. It was crowded. We opened... read on

  • Time to Celebrate, Then Press Forward

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 26, 2013 | 9:00 am

    As you’ve most likely heard (many times) by now, this morning the Supreme Court announced its rulings on two key cases regarding marriage equality: DOMA, the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” was struck down, and the California court ruling overturning Proposition 8, which... read on

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  • Attention Forward: We Aren’t That Radical

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 19, 2013 | 7:59 am

    It has been said that most of us believe newspaper reporting to be generally accurate, until we read an article on a subject with which we are intimately familiar. It is then that we see the inaccuracies and distortions of a story clearly. Such was my experience with a recent... read on

  • What do Blu Greenberg, Joy Ladin and Leonard Fein have in common?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 12, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Ok, so they’re all Jewish. But beyond that, all three spoke to a completely rapt audience on Monday at the 11th annual North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference in Philadelphia. It’s unusual, at any conference, for a speaker to completely capture the attention of... read on

  • Is God All-Powerful?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 5, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Recently, someone who is dear to me, and who I’ve known for over 30 years, shared a photo on Facebook with text which read, “You either have a God who sends child rapists to rape children or you have a God who simply watches and says ‘When you’re done I’m going to punish you.’ If I... read on

  • Becoming Less Normal

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 29, 2013 | 8:00 am

    I’ve never really considered myself to be “normal.” What I mean by that is I’ve always felt different from most other people. It probably started with my toes. The second and third toe on each of my feet are joined about half way up. (They are not, I must clarify, webbed!) It... 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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