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  • Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    CNN and other media outlets have been reporting the difficulty Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s family is having as they try to find a place to bury his body.  Tsarnaev, of course, is the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died after a firefight with law enforcement officers.

    Not only are... read on

  • Taharah for Gentiles?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 1, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Kavod v’Nichum, the organization that assists chevra kadisha groups, synagogues and others regarding mitzvot concerning chaplaincy, burial, mourning, and related topics, recently hosted a webinar titled, “Ritual Washing for Non-Jews After Death.” The webinar presenters were two... read on

  • View from the Back

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 24, 2013 | 8:00 am

    When you attend a bar or bat mitzvah service, you might sit somewhere in the middle of the sanctuary. Or, maybe you sit closer to the front. Regardless, chances are you’re hoping to get a seat that allows you to take in all the action. Chances are, most of the time you think you’re... read on

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  • Women of the Wall: In the Interim

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 17, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Yesterday I listened to a conference call hosted by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) about access to the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem). Or, more accurately, I listened to the first half of the call, since a meeting at work conflicted with the second half of it.

    During the... read on

  • Getting it Right

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 10, 2013 | 8:00 am

    We’ve all heard stories of people who were turned off from Judaism by negative experiences with a synagogue, a rabbi, etc. “He wouldn’t even meet with us to talk about our marriage because my fiancé hadn’t converted yet,” or “They wouldn’t let me into High Holy Day services because... read on

  • The Women of the Wall and the Dictator

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 5, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    The Israeli news agency Ha’aretz has published a good summary here regarding what’s been happening in the last week or so in regard to the Women of the Wall.

    The Women of the Wall is a group of women – Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and other – who have been praying at the... read on

  • A Passover Conversation

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 3, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Last Saturday afternoon I went to a local retirement community to teach some of the residents about Passover. I told them the Exodus story, explaining that we retell this story every year for the holiday. I also talked about the seder, going over the ritual items on the seder... read on

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