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Why Bat Mitzvahs (and Other Parties) Need A Dance Motivator

2 months ago

[Photo Credit: Lynn Abesera Photography (center), Debblin Studio (right center), Abbie Sophia Photography (bottom right)]  You know Melissa as one of the behind-the-scenes women who make GrokNation happen every day. But what you probably don’t know is that she has…

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When the Rabbi’s Wife is Diagnosed With Cancer

10 months ago

One year ago this past September, I stood before my congregation at Beth El in Durham, NC and tried to teach. But my heart was with my wife Jennifer at home. I cannot speak for Jennifer – ever 🙂 but…

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Shutting it All Down to Reboot My System

1 year ago

One of the great gifts I have received from taking on Jewish observance is the gift of shutting off things in my life that distract me from what I want to experience on a particular religious holiday. For example, Shabbat…

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Carrying the Weight of the Torah

1 year ago

My arm is sore. Really sore. Just the right one. Because it was supporting a heavy weight. And it wasn’t either of my sons’ weight: at 8 and 11, my sons are far too heavy and cumbersome to be held by me, at…