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Yom Kippur Among the Dying

September 30, 2010
cemetery

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most awesome and powerful day on the Jewish calendar, is said to be a rehearsal for death. We wear a plain white kittle, a gown reminiscent of the tachrichin, the shrouds in which a traditional Jew is buried.  We do not eat or drink, just as the...
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Logbook from Bikini Atoll

September 29, 2010

My late stepfather, M. Leonard Holder, died of cancer caused by exposure to radiation at the H-Bomb test at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954. He died over a decade ago, more than 40 years after that fateful day.  He died of a type of cancer known to be associated with exposure to high...
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Who needs a rabbi?

September 19, 2010

My rabbi – the spiritual leader of the congregation I belong to – is on Sabbatical this year.  The Jerusalem congregation has something like 20 rabbis as members.  So instead of hiring a rabbi on an interim contract while our regular rabbi is on Sabbatical, the board of the synagogue decided instead to hire...
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Go Ecphorize Yourself!

September 5, 2010

 ecphorize vb trans To evoke ideas or dispositions from a latent to a manifest state. cf. OED   Once upon a time, more years ago than I care to recall, I was a regular contributor to a publication of San Francisco Regional Mensa called “The Ecphorizer.”  The...
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Rabbis for whose human rights?

September 4, 2010

CiF Watch (named after the Guardian's "Comment is Free" section) has a blog post denigrating a Rabbis for Human Rights press release in response to the murder of four Israelis last week (I'm the co-chairman of the board of RHR).  You can read it here.  CiF complains that in a 92 word press release...
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Vayelech 5770 — The Secret of Happiness

September 3, 2010
Vayelech 5770 — The Secret of Happiness

For when I shall have brought them into the land which I swore to their fathers, that flows with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and become fat; then will they turn to other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.   …Deuteronomy 31:20   Our...
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