Jeanette Cohen's Wedding 1958

“M” is for Mikva & Marriage

One Couple. Two Weddings. Forty Years. An Eternal Bond. by Jeanette Anne Cohen obm This week’s Torah portion, Vayeitzei, is replete with weddings, births and the subtlety of complex family  dynamics. In that spirit, here is the story of a remarkable woman’s (first and second) wedding. August 1998 – that meant Maurice and I would…

Can We Call Up Empathy for Harvey Weinstein

Can We Drum Up Some Empathy for Harvey Weinstein?

Human Sexuality is Complex I too condemn the actions of Harvey Weinstein. I am also uncomfortable with the response to his actions. Abuse of power, sexual harassment, sexual assault, the casting couch and all that comes with it is wrong. No one can excuse the vile abuse he inflicted on women. I condemn his actions….

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Braving a New World – Part 3

Woman: The First Conquerer The following is Part Three of a three part series. Its launching point (click here for Part I and Part II) was an analysis of the commandment to “be fruitful and multiply” spoken once to Adam and a second time to Noah. Through careful exploration of the two, numerous conclusions about…

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Braving a New World – Part 2

Finding the Leader Within The following is Part Two of a three part series. Part One, “Braving a New World: Noah, the Flood and Transformation,” analyzed the commandment to “be fruitful and multiply.” It was spoken once to Adam and a second time to Noah. Now, Part Two compares and contrasts the specific language in…

Wave in Light

Braving a New World – Part 1

Noah, the Flood and Transformation The following is part one of a three part series that examines the different modalities of men and women. Its launching point is an analysis of the commandment to “be fruitful and multiply.” It was spoken once to Adam and a second time to Noah. Through careful exploration of the…

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Sukkah for the “Homeless”

The Sukkah That Gave Me My Home My friends know how driven (and desperate) I was to move out of our apartment. Aside from being a one-bedroom (and we were a family of six at the time), our landlord had to have been one of the most arrogant, selfish and stingy people I’ve had the…

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Slums and Stones: A Favella and a Sukkah

The Fragility of the Sukkah More Permanent than Steel I landed in San Paulo, Brazil between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The shape of South America had intrigued me from grade-school and so too the curvaceous border of Brazil. Somehow, their voluptuous boundaries reminded me of Africa, the continent of my birth. Each had a…

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The Sukkaleh’s Song: Don’t Worry

This is a beautiful Yiddish folk song about the Sukkah and how its fragility is analogous to the Jewish people’s mysterious survival despite thousands of years of oppression. Video here and the Yiddish words with English translation below. Yiddish English A sukkaleh a kleiner Fun bretelach gemeiner Hob ich mihr a sukkaleh gemacht. Badecked dem…