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On Faith, Trust, and Kindergarten
Tomorrow, my oldest child begins kindergarten, and I’m not sure who’s more nervous. My sweet, sensitive, 95-year-old-Jewish-man-trapped–in-the-body-of-5-year-old son has expressed numerous concerns, ranging from: “What if I don’t make friends?” to “Where will the bathrooms be?” I tell him not to worry, that it won’t be so different from his cherished preschool in my synagogue (where everyone knows him, where is he most comfortable outside of our home) - but I know it will be completely new and very different.

The Torah In Haiku: Shoftim
Torah rule for war: Some trees may not be cut down Those that produce food Deuteronomy 20:19 When you shall beseige a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by forcing an ax against them; for you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man that it should beseiged by you? Is a tree a man? What does such a question mean? Here are some answers Click here – or on the link in the haiku – [...]

A Priest, a Minister, and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar
This fall, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ask: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Minnesota?” If this amendment succeeds, Minnesota would join the 30 states that have constitutional bans on marriage equality, effectively writing discrimination into its state constitution. A diverse cross-section of partners in Minnesota, including labor, communities of color, and the faith community are standing up for equality, forming a coalition that will hopefully result in the defeat this amendment. [...]

Praying for Connection
by Sophie Vener In synagogue seats around the world, Jews pray Nisim B’kol Yom, “the daily miracles.” The first line of the prayer, “Asher natan lsachvi binah lehavin bayn yom obayn lilah,” is translated in our prayer books as, ” You have implanted mind and instinct within every living being” – but the direct translation of this prayer is actually, “You give the rooster understanding between night and day.” What a difference! Do you think a Talmud-studying rebbe wrote this prayer? No! A farmer wrote it! The daily miracles prayer that we read once we have already had a cup [...]