Posted: Fri, 11/15/2013 - 11:51 | The New Normal

In these days of media saturation and instant connections, it sometimes seems, as Shakespeare put it, that the whole world is a stage. Everything must be dramatic. “What bleeds, leads,” and “What yells, sells.”

Posted: Wed, 11/13/2013 - 11:30 | The New Normal

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, the Boston-area non-profit that aims to facilitate participation in Jewish life by students with special needs, is trying to go viral, after its fashion.

Posted: Thu, 11/07/2013 - 16:30 | The New Normal

Dedicated to the Memory of Judy Goldberg

As this week’s Torah portion, “Vayetze,” begins, Jacob is fleeing, from his brother Esau’s anger. He suddenly finds himself destitute, cut off from the support and tranquility of his family.

Posted: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 12:46 | The New Normal

When the Jewish Federation of North America hosts the GA in Jerusalem this week, there will be one session on inclusion of Jews with disabilities. The speakers are terrific and I urge all participants to attend. But this panel discussion will be one in a long line of “too little, too slow” actions by JFNA to embrace inclusion of Jews with disabilities.

Posted: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 08:37 | The New Normal

On November 2, the conclusion of Shabbat will be followed immediately by the beginning of a new Hebrew month, Kislev. When this Shabbat-New Month sequence occurs, our sages decreed that a special Haftarah is chanted instead of the regular Haftarah for that Shabbat.

Posted: Wed, 10/30/2013 - 13:06 | The New Normal

In the past few days, giraffes have overrun my Facebook stream.