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  • When Society Loses Its Balance

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 weeks ago

    For many of us, especially we privileged white folk, the world in which we conduct our lives may seem like a pretty solid, predictable, trustworthy place. It’s easy to forget that society only works when almost everyone believes they are better off when they follow society’s rules.... read on

  • O Captain, My Captain

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 weeks ago

    Sitting here at my desk, I feel like crying. I notice a post on my Twitter feed from Rabbi Joe Black, asking, “Why does the death of Robin Williams hit so hard?” It’s an excellent question. Suicide is always so sad. It always feel like it could have been prevented, although God... read on

  • Is it Over?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 5, 2014 | 10:31 am

    As I write this, the 72 hour ceasefire appears to be holding, and the IDF has withdrawn its troops from Gaza. The unpredictability of this conflict, however, makes it impossible for me to write with any confidence that by the time it is read it will not be hopelessly out of date.

    ... read on
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  • Just Two Weeks Ago

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 30, 2014 | 1:30 am

    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, are her words. They speak for themselves.


    7/27/2014


    Just over two weeks ago I was in my... read on

  • Care Packages to Caleb

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    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

    July 16, 2014 | 1:30 am

    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

    July 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    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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