Author Archives: Monique

About Monique

Chocoholic, jazz head ... prone to rants, and a professional pitbull. I married a terrific guy who happens to be a rabbi, so I guess that makes me a rebbetzin. Who saw that one coming? My grandparents survived the Shoah and spent their lives in the service of others. On my best days, I walk in their footsteps.

Tikkun Olam and Messianic Jews

*In honor of Human Rights Day (and Human Rights Shabbat, tomorrow) we are reposting this recent article. Synagogue attendance and ritual observance have become less popular features of Jewish society. Interestingly, 21st century Jewry is rallying around a new center: … Continue reading

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Liturgy: Dead or Living?

*A Radical Repost from 2009 In response to our last post on Jewish prayer , Kari, a reader, observed that a large part of our movement carries tremendous baggage on the subject, and many people seem to recoil at the … Continue reading

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What’s love got to do with it?

Parashat Va’etchannan: Why do we read this parasha every year after Tisha B’Av? I thought we were finished with all of the pleading already? This week, we spent a hungry evening on the floor reading Lamentations, remembering the horrific tragedies … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“I often speak with rabbis from around the country who are frustrated and fed up and feel stuck because they can’t daven in their own shuls, they can’t speak their conscience, they can’t take risks. Fear has become a driving … Continue reading

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Babies, bellies, and getting Jews in the pews

*A Radical Repost (Because the first time around just wasn’t good enough! ) Derek Leman kicked off a discussion “on the human need (or lack thereof) for congregation.” It got me thinking, once again, about the purpose of Jewish community, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“The Kingdom of G-d … does not come with visible signs; nor will people be able to say ‘Look! Here it is!’ or, ‘Over there!’ Because, you see, the Kingdom of G-d dwells in your midst.” – Yeshua of Nazareth, … Continue reading

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Learning from recent genocide survivors

My friend Laura Waters Hinson has been busy promoting her fantastic documentary film titled “As We Forgive Those.” The film follows two women, both survivors of Rwanda’s recent genocide, as they confront their families’ murderers, released from prison through Rwanda’s … Continue reading

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Jewish Visions of Heaven

When the average Jew thinks about the afterlife, they often draw a blank, says Nathaniel Deutsch in a smart and witty article in a recent issue of Reboot. “Asked about Christianity, they might say something about pearly gates or fire and … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Our world history is inordinately affected by the history and thought of one people, the Jewish people. Though small in number, a surprising number of human institutions operate on Jewish principles (the calendar is the best example). Over half of … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi

In honor of my husband, who’s a pretty great rabbi, I offer Synablog’s Letterman-style “Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi.” Number 10: Know your stuff. Be a student of Jewish texts, of Jewish history, of Jewish peoplehood. Number … Continue reading

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