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  • Tempting Fate

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 7, 2014 | 1:00 am

    I’m a literal person. I inherited it from my father, alav hashalom. He was the kind of guy who would call up a business, ask to speak with someone, and when the receptionist inquired, “May I ask who is calling?” he would answer, simply, “Yes,” then wait through the awkward pause... read on

  • The Rebuke of Donald Sterling

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 30, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Donald Sterling, assuming the voice on the recording released this week is really his and hasn’t been altered in any significant way, said some despicable things. Many people were, quite understandably, outraged. On Tuesday of this week, he was banned from the NBA, which is also... read on

  • What if Your Synagogue Called…and Didn’t Ask for Money?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I still remember the first time I got the call. “Hi,” the caller said, “I’m on the synagogue board, and I’m calling to wish you a happy Passover holiday.”

    “Thanks,” I replied, waiting for the request for a donation. Or to serve on a committee. Or some other inconvenient thing the... read on

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  • Searching for Passover Hobbits

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 16, 2014 | 1:30 am

    “Ray is annoyed by the search for hobbits,” my husband said, referring to his friend who, like my husband, is not Jewish but is married to someone who is.

    “Hobbits?” I asked.

    “Yes,” he confirmed.

    “Why is he looking for hobbits?” I inquired, I thought, quite reasonably.

    “You... read on

  • Wobbly Webinars

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Webinars are all the rage these days. It seems like every institution I run into that has anything to do with education wants to use webinars in some way. Which would be great, but for some of them, it appears they’re just trying to jump on the bandwagon without understanding the... read on

  • Is Britain Adopting Sharia Inheritance Laws?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 26, 2014 | 1:30 am

    The Telegraph recently published the misleadingly titled, “Islamic Law is Adopted by British Legal Chiefs” about some “guidance” published by The Law Society about how to write British Wills in accordance with Sharia law.

    These days, anything that has to do with Sharia law in a... read on

  • Tough Shiva Questions

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 19, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I’m a volunteer who, on occasion, will lead a shiva minyan for my synagogue. I took a couple of classes on how to do it, and I attended a few shiva services as an observer. The service is similar to Shabbat services, but shorter, so anyone who’s a regular at services could do it.... read on

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