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  • Ritual of Return

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    July 18, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    This double parasha brings us to the end of the book of Bemidbar. The Israelites stand at the edge of the Promised Land, following Moses’ last military campaign. Before the people can leave the wilderness, the soldiers must go through rituals of purification. They must stay “outside...

  • Polish the Soul for Elul

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I spent the first three days of Elul polishing a lamp that has hung in the upstairs stairwell of my home for 80 years. I thought that the lamp was made out of cast iron, but discovered after applying a mixture of abrasive compounds and elbow grease, that it was crafted of shiny...

  • City’s Plight Brings Flood of Memories

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In New Orleans, the Jews are the only ones buried in the ground. Others, if their mourners have any means at all, are laid with the expectation of eternal rest in stone crypts to protect them from rising waters. My mother used to say, "Someday, we Jews'll all be floatin' down the...