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Rosh HaShana. The Seven Habits, Kerem Magazine

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Rosh HaShana. The Seven Habits, Kerem Magazine

Rosh HaShana. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Peace Makers Debra R. Kolodny Published in Kerem Magazine, 2010   On Rosh HaShana, when we celebrate the birthday of the world, or at least the birthday of humanity, we read about the birth of a place, Beersheva. A place that was born out of a promise, an oath, a shevuah, between two noble and powerful men, Avimelech and Avraham, men who could have taken the path of mistrust, a path that often leads to conflict, perhaps even to war.   These gentlemen had a history. A history of...

Simchat Brit-Kerem Magazine

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Simchat Brit-Kerem Magazine

  Mystery of the Covenant:  A New Ceremony of Simchat Brit Published in Kerem Magazine, June 2007   Debra Kolodny   What moment illustrates better the tzelem Elohim (the image of God) than bringing a child into the world? Through conception, gestation, and delivery many of us are blessed to discover that we, like HaShem, have the capacity to create life. In the best of circumstances, parents conceive an infant out of shared passion for one another and a mutual yearning to love, teach and nurture a new life. Birthing that child can seem...

Nickel and Dimed Review 2001

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Nickel and Dimed Review 2001

  Review of Nickel and Dimed in Shma online journal, July 2001   In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich teaches us sad, important and jolting truths. Truths that I am sure you will find moving. Truths which every reader will be grateful to know.   Ehrenreich accomplishes this teaching with one of the oldest and most effective tool in the world. She tells stories. Stories of her life and the lives of her colleagues as she waitresses, cleans houses, clerks in a Wal-Mart, serves food in a nursing...

Introduction to Blessed Bi Spirit, 2000 Continuum International

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Introduction to Blessed Bi Spirit, 2000 Continuum International

  Introduction Blessed bi spirit The challenge of finding a title for this work was considerable. What words could reflect the spectrum of spiritual tradition practiced and described by a group as large and diverse as the one represented in this anthology? Some authors argued that shortening the word bisexual to “bi” stripped us of our humanity, of our sexuality, and should therefore be avoided.  In a work which seeks to honor the sexual as spiritual, we certainly didn’t want to perpetuate this dualism.  Others resisted the pun in using...