Jerusalem Old City and Mount of Olives at Night, Israel

Words Matter

I’d said the prayer a bunch of times before. But this morning, as the congregation recited a blessing for the state of Israel as a community, as my people’s safe haven, two words jumped out at me: eretz kadshenu. Land of our holiness, land of our sanctity. And as a word nerd, I was struck by the concept. The translation read Holy… Read more →


Jenny’s Wedding

  The movie culminated in two beautiful young women, both wearing wedding dresses, pledging their lifelong commitment to one another, before friends and family. Last night, Dan and I watched Jenny’s Wedding, a film more serious than we had expected about how a favorite daughter from a Catholic family finally reveals that she is a lesbian and wants to marry her partner of… Read more →