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Getting it Right

By Susan Esther Barnes

April 10, 2013 | 8:00 am

Rabbi Oren Postrel blesses a congregant.

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... 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

  • Today the Golden Gate Bridge Becomes a Little Colder

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 27, 2013 | 8:00 am

    You may have thought the almighty dollar would be accepted everywhere in the US, but starting today, the famous Golden Gate Bridge between San Francisco and Marin County will no longer accept cash. Rather, the bridge is switching over to what they call “all electronic tolling.”

    ... read on
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  • Mayim Bialik Discusses Being Orthodox in Hollywood

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 20, 2013 | 8:00 am

    This weekend I attended an event called, “Free Ranging Communities: Jewish Life in Marin and Hollywood” at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. The keynote speaker was Mayim Bialik, of “Blossom” and “Big Bang Theory” fame.

    What struck me the most as Bialik spoke was how... read on

  • I Make Plans. God Changes Them.

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 13, 2013 | 8:00 am

    I’m not big on making plans. I tend to be an in-the-moment kind of gal. And when I do make plans, I usually hedge. In general, I won’t say, “I’ll see you on Shabbat,” unless I add, “God willing.” Or I say, “Yes, I plan to be there,” rather than, “Yes, I will be there.”

    I do this... read on

  • The Recipes of My Ancestors

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 6, 2013 | 7:00 am

    In less than three weeks it will be Passover. That means in a less than three weeks it will be the second anniversary of the death of my father, alav hashalom. I’ve been thinking a lot about him these days. That’s likely why this past weekend I made lecho, a Hungarian dish he... read on

  • How Purim Differs from Halloween

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 27, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Since costumes are involved in both events, it’s understandable that people who don’t know much about Purim may think it’s like Halloween. So, with Purim happening last weekend, I thought I’d outline some of the ways in which they differ.

    First, while Halloween, or “All Hallows... 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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