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Barbara Greenleaf: The Fifth Commandment in the Age of Covid

While gathering information for my new book, Parents of Adult Children: You Are Not Alone, I found that while most of the older generation takes the fifth commandment, “Honor thy father and mother,” quite literally, the younger generation puts a different and much more casual spin on it. It is this disparity that leaves many [...]

2020-07-28T16:38:04-07:00July 30th, 2020|

Susan Rakov: Covid Wanderings

That first week, the moment I break down is when I get the email that CBB is closing its doors.  I was involved in a painful decision a few days before to close down 50 offices and cancel thousands of summer jobs, but the emotional impact hits when I read that email.  My Shabbat as [...]

2020-07-16T15:41:03-07:00July 16th, 2020|

Rabbi Ira Youdovin: Welcome to the Jewish New Normal

Early in the current era of lock-downs, my friend and colleague Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin suggested that American Judaism was having a Yavneh moment. Yavneh, a small town not far from what is now Tel Aviv, was where the rabbis gathered in the late first century C.E after the Romans destroyed the Temple and expelled them [...]

2020-06-29T13:34:28-07:00July 6th, 2020|

Marina Stephens: From Inside Out

In my life, there were three periods when I found myself locked inside, while life went on in the world outside the limits of my confinement. The first one was when I was a teenager in the USSR working as a guide/translator with Italian tourists. When time came, we said our goodbyes. They invited me [...]

2020-06-22T16:57:55-07:00June 22nd, 2020|

Alvin Lever: Erev Shabbat Memories

Walking towards CBB on Erev Shabbat hearing “Shabbat Shalom” from those you know and those you don’t. And then the evening progresses from the Oneg, to services, sermon, to the wonderful Kiddush afterwards. Just close your eyes and I’m sure you can see, hear, and enjoy the memory. I would like to take you back [...]

2020-06-22T16:58:51-07:00June 19th, 2020|