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Seen from behind: four young children with backpacks walking hand-in-hand with each other and a mother or caregiver

When I hear the term “women in the workplace,” I picture power suits and pumps, water coolers, and metal filing cabinets. I don’t immediately see myself. As a rabbi and a community organizer, my workplace looks more like a spare bedroom, coffee shops, and video conferences, jeans, messy ponytails, and sometimes even yoga pants!

My husband and I are expecting our third child; when the baby comes, we’ll have three children under 4. I’m often asked (but my husband, who leads a congregation, never is) if I will continue working, frequently followed by confusion about how I will pull...

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When I was little, my parents bought me Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s book, God’s Paintbrush, which became the cornerstone of every bedtime routine for years. The story paints beautiful interpretations of children’s understandings of spirituality, encouraging children to wonder if God has a lap to sit on like Dad’s, or if God’s arms are warm and loving like Mom’s. These wondrous childhood questions danced me into sleep each night.

One afternoon, my mom picked me up after kindergarten, and we went to...

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was often asked about his views on God. In the 1920s and 1930s, he insisted that he was not an atheist and that he believed “in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind."

Yet in 1954, near the end of his life, Einstein wrote a letter to philosopher Eric Gutkind – that...

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[Editor's note: This blog post contains reference to sexual assault and racism.] 

This week marks the digital and DVD release of All About Nina, a film by writer/director Eva Vives starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, 10 Cloverfield Lane) in a story inspired by some of Vives’ own experiences.

Winstead stars as Nina Geld, a stand-up comedian attempting to advance her career, find genuine connection with others, and drown out past trauma. She pursues this by picking up her life and moving from New York to...

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Katonti mi’kol ha’hasadim u’mi’kol ha’emet she’asita et av’deha. (I am unworthy of all the kindness and the truth that You have steadfastly shown Your servant.) These are the opening words of a song by American-Israeli musician Yonatan Razel. They are also, not coincidentally, the words spoken by our patriarch Jacob in Genesis 32:11.

Razel, a Haredi composer, often transforms the words of our tradition by setting them to music. This passage comes right before Jacob encounters his older brother, Esau, for the first time since...

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