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12/19/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Reform Really

As the world struggles to understand the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and the 27 lives lost (including 20 beautiful, little, precious children), it is impossible to resist asking a series of questions: How did this happen? Where was God?

11/18/2012 | Reform Really

“Well, it looks like the voluntary evacuations just became mandatory,” I said to the room of Adult Ed students. I was trying, unsuccessfully, to show a film, but it seemed that the lack of success was meant to be – it enabled us to get a head start on the preparations for the approaching hurricane. As a congregation on the South Shore of Long Island, we were quite concerned about the storm. Many of our congregants lived within the evacuated area south of Merrick Road, and the dire warnings had us all frightened.

10/19/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Reform Really

10/04/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Reform Really

09/07/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Reform Really

It’s been a challenging, uplifting, infuriating, and inspiring few weeks for women. We’ve had a chance to hear from a number of thinkers and politicians on “both sides of the aisle,” and we have seen each person’s true colors when it comes to his/her thoughts about women’s rights.

08/27/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Reform Really

Spring cleaning. Summer vacation. Back to School sales. Holiday shopping. We live in a culture that often links rituals (both mundane and profound) to a particular season or time-of-year. We learn, as we grow older, to mark time in this way. Of course, living our lives along the Jewish calendar affords us a number of other opportunities to note the passing of time and to add rituals based on upcoming holidays or events.