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In Memory of Abbaleh (Daddy)

My father, Zvi Harmelin, was born on Nov 2 1917; had he been with us today, we would have celebrated his 100th Birthday. I’m trying to imagine how he would have looked at 100. Surely, he would have appeared to be quite different than he

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The Path of a Foster Mom

As part of our preparation to become adopting parents, my wife, Lisa, and I have been speaking to many foster and adopting parents across the country. So many people have inspired us with their heroic, yet matter-of-fact selflessness. Tamar Fox is one of them;

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We’re Adopting

Yes, we’re Adopting. If I was Politico or Washington Post, I’d call this blogpost: “Breaking: We’ve Decided to Adopt.” It’s breaking for us—breaking inertia, breaking our frame of reference, breaking how we think about ourselves and about our lives. It’s breaking our life as

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Religious Practice as Activism?

For years, and religious dialog in our society has been usurped by right-wing ideologues. This it true in both in the USA and in Israel. The following cartoon is an excellent commentary of what religious “dialogue” has devolved into: In response to the religious

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Does Money Really Make the World Go Round?

My brother-in-law inquired: “The communists have a labor theory of value, while the capitalists maintain that the source of value is land, labor, and capital. What is the spiritual theory of value?” Of course, there are so many ways to answer this question, and

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What Are We For?

This is an iconic picture. For those who don’t know, it shows Rev. Martin Luther King (fourth from right) leading the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (second from right) and other religious leaders with him. It’s

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