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Bloggidy. Or Don’t Much, Really.

As many of you may have noticed, this blog hasn't really been active for a while. A kid, a new job that I'm just starting, and the various other things that fill up a life have turned blogging into that thing I don't do anymore. Grad school was great for a lot of...

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PW Review and Profile!

The Passionate Torah is starting to get ready for its big debut in June! Yay. A wonderful review and profile in Publishers Weekly this week--I'm totally tickled:The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism Edited by Danya Ruttenberg. New York Univ., $19.95 paper (320p) ISBN...

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Judaism and Sex @ Elat Chayyim This Summer!

I'm teaching a class at the lovely retreat center Elat Chayyim this summer, from July 27-August 2. It's on Jewish sex! What could be more fun than that? Here's the official copy: Judaism's sacred texts and great thinkers offer many inspirations, challenges and...

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Event Plug of the Day

The most excellent mikveh/community resource known as Mayyim Hayyim is having a benefit featuring Yavilah McCoy and four generations of her family's music. It's this coming Sunday, deets here. Ch-ch-check it...

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Sekrit Projeckt

Well, the aforementioned Sekrit Projeckt has come to fruition. His name is Yonatan, and he was born twelve days ago. He is a miracle and a joy. Not sure how much I'll blog about him--maybe some, probably more about things I learn getting to hang out with him than...

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Feministing Review

Hi, there. I know posting has fallen off a bit around here; sorry 'bout that. I've been busy gigging, cleaning up the last things that needed to be done on The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, working on 3 other anthologies, a biggish research project, and a few...

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Inauguration Blessing?

Judaism has blessings for just about everything--smelling fragrant trees, seeing a rainbow, hearing good news, hearing bad news, encountering a friend one hasn't seen in a year, and more. There is a blessing that one says upon seeing a non-Jewish king, and some would...

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On Mourning a Teacher

As I've watched--mostly from afar, sadly, as I'm now living on the other coast--various communities and lots of people that I know respond to the death of Rabbi Lew, I have found myself thinking about some of the stuff in Tractate Moed Katan about mourning for a rav....

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Baruch Dayan HaEmet

I just got word that my first and most influential rav, Rabbi Alan Lew, died this morning. I'm a little bit in shock--he was only 65, and from what I understand this was not anticipated from anyone. From what I understand, he died while taking a walk, serving as a...

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