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Rabbi Janet Marder
May 25, 2018

It was the wedding of the century; a fairy-tale wedding, and all the details were perfect. The day dawned bright and pleasantly warm; sunlight bathed the honey-colored stones of St. George’s Chapel, a 15th century Gothic masterpiece  on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The ceremony began at noon. The groom wore the dress uniform of the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment; the bride was elegant in a boat-neck, long sleeve mermaid gown with a sweeping train and a white silk veil just over 16 feet long. 100,000 people thronged the narrow streets of Windsor to get a glimpse of the...

Rabbi Shelly Marder
May 25, 2018
My peace – my shalom –  is tied by a thread
to yours.
 
And the beloved holidays
and glorious seasons of the year—
with the wealth of fragrances, flowers,
fruit, leaves, and winds,
the fog and the rain,
the sudden snow
and the dew—
are suspended on a thread of longing.
 
I and you and the Sabbath.
I and you and our lives . . . 
I and you 
and the Creator
of the heavens that have no shore . . . 
I and you . . . 
 
 
What ties one person to another?  
 
In...
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
May 20, 2018

 

My wife Amy’s friend Danielle lost her father Bert last year to pancreatic cancer - he wasn’t quite 73. A couple of years before he died, he had moved from New Jersey to Baltimore, to be closer to Danielle and her daughter, Eva, who was about two at the time. After her dad died, Danielle started a new tradition with Eva: every night at bedtime, they take turns sharing one story of Danielle’s father. At some point, she realized that although Eva had spent a lot of time with her grandfather, because she was only three when...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
May 11, 2018
Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
May 4, 2018

Tonight marks the 15th yarzheit of my grandmother Sylvia Prosnit. I think about my grandmother often -- we were very close. She was blessed to have a happy marriage, two caring children and six grandchildren (all boys). If she were alive today she’d be 99 and would have eight great-grandchildren (7 boys) and with my sister-in-law pregnant, one more due in September. My grandmother also had a devoted career -- she was a teacher.

She was a fourth grade teacher at an elementary school in Eastchester, New York. Supposedly, she was told by her lawyer father that women were too...

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