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The Ennobling Duty of Creativity

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Jennifer Jaech

Imagine for a moment that you have been transported back to Jerusalem in the early first century BCE (and have become instantly fluent in Aramaic).  One day at the market you overhear the following conversation between a father and his thirteen year old son:

“Son, where have you been? I’ve been looking all over for you.”

“I was with my friends.  It was time for the afternoon prayers.”

“Prayers!   They won’t last.  Prayers can never replace animal sacrifice.”

Meet you for coffee

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Jennifer Jaech

I recently visited Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, home of the first Starbucks coffee shop.   Summer tourists stand in long lines to purchase soy lattes or decaf cappuccinos from the first Starbucks, paying homage to a corporation that has obtained a global presence.   Many people I know (myself included) consider good coffee to be an absolute necessity, and I credit Starbucks with my first taste of a high quality brew.   


Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:34pm -- Rabbi Jennifer Jaech


As I wrote previously, the Torah does not prohibit intermarriage categorically.   The Torah’s writers were concerned primarily with the potential consequence of intermarriage with certain peoples:  namely, the worship of foreign gods. The Torah includes stories of Moses and Joseph who married non-Israelite women.   It is likely that these stories were created at a time when the Israelites felt secure in their identity as a people.


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