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The Wow of Pumpkin Picking on Columbus Day/Sukkot

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The Wow of Pumpkin Picking on Columbus Day/Sukkot

“The Land is Mine and you are but sojourners and residents with Me.”  (Deuteronomy 25:23) The intersection of Sukkot, the Jewish harvest holiday and the American holiday of Columbus Day was a big WOW on Monday. The synchronization of the secular and Jewish holidays became the perfect comingling for a glorious morning. Pumpkin picking followed… Read more

The WOW of Sukkot

“On the first day, you shall take the product of the beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days.” (Leviticus 23:40) “In the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the crop of the… Read more

The WOW of a Dani Shapiro writing retreat

“Everything you need to know about life can be learned from a genuine and ongoing attempt to write.” Dani Shapiro And there I was. Eating a granola breakfast made by the bestselling author Dani Shapiro at a sprawling Connecticut estate owned by a famous television executive. An unlikely scene? For sure. So how did I… Read more

The Wow of Officiating at a Friend’s Wedding

It’s a singular honor and delight to be able to officiate at a wedding—any wedding! One of the bonuses of being a rabbi is that many opportunities arise to be under the chuppah with a bride and groom during an important liminal moment in their lives, a time of  transitioning into husband and wife as… Read more

The WOW of Israel: “In spite of everything…”

When I first set out to write for my blog it was early July.  I was in Israel with my husband enjoying everything I love about Tel Aviv—a WOW at every turn: dinners with cousins, meetings with my glorious Israeli friends, Pam, Judy, Bob, Arona and Michael, eating delicious watermelons the color of Indian rubies,… Read more

The Wow of The Hilary Happening

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad on it.”  (Psalm 118:24) About a week ago I received an e-mail from the Free Library of Philadelphia, which is a stone’s throw from our apartment, and where we spend a lot of time listening to wonderful authors. The flash announced… Read more

The Wow of Crossovers

The Wow of Crossovers   This Shabbat where the Jewish community reads the Torah Portion (parasha) of Beshalach, is known as Shabbat Shirah, The Sabbath of Song. It was given the name because of the song sung to God by the Israelites after they cross the Red Sea into freedom after years of enslavement. Hotly… Read more

The Wow of Now is in the Neighborhood

The snow fell mightily last night and through this morning, and it is, indeed, challenging for commuters, businesses, people trying to get to work, doctor’s appointments, day-care facilities, etc. Add to the snow, the frigid temperatures and the gusty winds and we’ve got the making of a strong case of staying indoors. Unless you’re one… Read more


New Year! A time for transition. Transformation. New Possibilities. WOW! Welcome to my first entry on my nascent blog: Wooing the Wow of Now… What is Wooing the Wow of Now you might be asking? It’s about perspective, mindfulness, living in the moment, pursuing happiness, developing an inner climate of gratitude, and understanding our unique… Read more

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