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Dear Rabbi Fried, I’ve often been bothered by something I have noticed on Simchat Torah in synagogue, that people who are not dancing are sitting. I know that when a…

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By Harriet P. Gross At Yom Kippur we’ll be standing together before God, renewing the vows of better behavior that we make every year. But there’s another group of non-Jews…

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By Harriet P. Gross It used to be that I’d have to go to the library, or pick up the phone, or at least consult my encyclopedia, to find out…

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By Harriet P. Gross We all know that Emma Lazarus, who wrote the famous poem that graces the Statue of Liberty, was Jewish. Don’t we? And that lots of the…

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By Harriet P. Gross Waves from the recent Helen Thomas affair keep washing over me. I remember once standing up in a speedboat and watching its foamy wake heal into…

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By Harriet P. Gross Déjà vu all over again — the recent Solidarity Rally for Israel that drew a crowd, probably numbering 1,000, to Anshai Torah in Plano, where Rabbi…

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By Harriet P. Gross The usual question: “What in the name of God — or heaven — was she thinking?” But we don’t have to ask the usual question about…

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By Harriet P. Gross Two Shabbats in Israel!  So very different: from what I’m used to here at home, and from each other... On the first, our tour group (123…

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By Harriet P. Gross I’m writing this the morning after returning from two weeks in Israel—exhausted, and elated. Someone who writes regularly about Jewish subjects should not wait as long…

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By Harriet P. Gross Once upon a long time ago, I ate the best brownie ever at a friend’s home. I asked for the recipe; when she gave it, I…

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