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Galilee Diary: The Only Thing We Have to Fear

Rabbi Marc J. Rosenstein
January 16, 2013

…Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
     -Joshua 1:9

A few days before our recent election for county executive, an anonymous "food for thought" letter made the email rounds,

Understanding Yom Kippur - Then and Now

Dr. Madelyn Mishkin Katz
September 14, 2012

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a concept I came to understand in my early adult years. But this was my understanding during my childhood:

  1.  Yom Kippur really translated into “Indian Summer.” Why?

Haiti: One Year Later

January 7, 2011

In March 2010, two months after the devastating 7.0 earthquake, I walked the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In every inch of available space - empty lots, front lawns, sidewalks, even in the street medians - I saw make-shift tent cities.