Alumnae Rabbis

I was pleasantly surprised to discover, tucked in the new (September-October 2008) issue of Harvard magazine, an article on alumnae rabbis. The article chronicles the experiences of three women – Toba Spitzer ’86, Jennifer (Kirsch) Flatté ’87, and Julia Andelman ’97 – and the paths each has traveled in becoming and serving as a rabbi. Do give it a read.

Notes from Around the Web: Sadness and Solemnity

Here are a few links to coverage of yesterday’s sad and solemn return of Israeli soldiers to eternal rest at home:

JTA
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Ynetnews
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Jeffrey Goldberg (1)
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Jeffrey Goldberg (2)

Photo: Honoring the remains of Ehud Goldwasser, murdered by Hezbollah. Mrs. Goldwasser is on the photo’s far left side. (IDF/BPH Images)

MAY THE SOURCE OF PEACE SEND PEACE TO ALL WHO MOURN, AND COMFORT TO ALL WHO ARE BEREAVED. AND LET US SAY, AMEN.

Allegra Goodman’s New New Yorker Essay

I’ve just received the New Yorker‘s summer fiction issue, and while I have yet to read the issue’s fiction proper, I have managed to make my way already through some of its nonfiction essays penned by fiction writers. In this issue, those essays are grouped around the theme of “Faith and Doubt.”

And they include a piece by Allegra Goodman, which begins as follows: “As a young girl, I spent more time outside synagogues than in them. Services were long, and I always found some excuse to get away.” Read the rest here.

Wishes for Tom Lantos

Sad news broke today:

“U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the only Holocaust survivor elected to the U.S. Congress, is retiring because he has cancer.”

Read the entire story here.

I remember well Congressman Lantos’s visit to our Temple in New Jersey back when I was in religious school. He was inspirational. I wish him all the best, and will recite a Mi Shebeirach for him.