4 Av 5777 (July 27, 2017)
As dusk descends on the Upper West Side, I reflect upon this last remarkable week. Last Tuesday, I was with over 400 Jews singing Jewish music of all sorts at the North American Jewish Choral Festival in Kerhonkson, New York. The Festival, sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation, is a five-day gathering of Jews of all kinds who are joined by their love of singing, pure and simple. It is also the place where Jewish musicians network and make projects happen, bringing dreams to life. It was at the Festival 7 years......
18 Tammuz 5777 (July 12, 2017)
Exactly seven years ago, newly separated from my husband of twenty-one years, I flew to Israel to begin life anew. Little did I know that the events of the final morning of my stay in our family home would set this reluctant feminist on quite an odyssey. On the secular calendar, the day was July 12, 2010; on the Jewish calendar, the day was Rosh Hodesh Av, 5770. That morning I joined the Women of the Wall for the monthly minyan, finding myself in the middle of the confrontation between WOW leader,......
19 Tishri 5777 (October 21, 2016)
Has it only been one week since Shimon Peres, our last link to the generation of Israel’s Founders, was buried on Har Herzl? How fitting that the world said goodbye to Shimon Peres in the waning days of 5776. How remarkable that representatives from 70 countries attended the state funeral for this beloved Jewish Stateman. How unfortunate that the beginning of 5777 is marked by yet another controversy over a building decision in an area of the West Bank that remains under dispute. How does a passionate Zionist understand and respond to......
8 Elul 5776 (September 11, 2016)
This 8th day of Elul, 5776, corresponding to the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, finds me in bucolic Beachwood, Ohio. Taking advantage of the beautiful late summer weather, I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors, untangling the vines as they crawl up the trellis, noticing the intricate spider webs around my yard, listening to the tweets of the birds. ...
15 Adar II 5776 (March 25, 2016)
This day after Purim 5776 finds me in my New York home, reveling in the colors and sounds of early spring. Not only I am immersed in the miracle of spring outside, I also found myself intoxicated by the picture of spring being created on my kitchen table. In other words, while 18,000 Israel activists convened in Washington, D.C. this week for the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, I consciously chose to stay home and work on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. While I worked on that puzzle, I closely followed the news......
30 Adar I 5776 (March 10, 2016)
It is a magnificent day in New York City today yet a horrific day for those who care about decency in that part of the world where Sacred Narratives tell us decency was born. Last fall, those of us who sent our children on gap year programs were chilled when 18-year old Ezra Schwartz was killed in an intersection in the Gush. Today, news comes that a US veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, a graduate student from Vanderbilt, was fatally stabbed on a promenade in Jaffa. Taylor Force was an American citizen......
27 Adar I 5776 (March 7, 2016)
On my most recent flight back from Israel, I watched an old classic, Forrest Gump. As contemporary American history reeled before me through the life experiences of this simple everyman, I chuckled at how, once again, like Forrest Gump, I was a participant/observer to modern history. Rosh Hodesh Av 5770 found me directly witnessing Anat Hoffman’s arrest for carrying a Torah in public, at the Kotel; Adar I & II 5776, find me in a very similar situation to Renee Rabinowitz, the woman suing El Al for gender discrimination. While I do......
9 Shevat 5776 (January 19, 2016)
Two weeks ago, I flew to Israel via United Airlines to spend a week with my daughters, son-in-law and granddaughters. I have been going back and forth from my homes in the United States to my home in Jerusalem for over twenty-five years, but this was my first stay where my primary role was Grammy of two, rather than artist/activist. As a result of my daughter’s schedule, early morning Rosh Hodesh Shevat found me home babysitting, rather than leading Hallel for the Women of the Wall at the Western Wall. Yet, I......
15 Heshvan 5776 (October 28, 2015)
Over the years of my Israel activism, I have come to appreciate the observations and insights of New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. While I know there are those who think he is not fair to Israel, I disagree. He speaks hard truths grounded in common sense, often in the form of letters to leaders, as he does in today’s column, “Have A Nice Life.” The Sacred Rights, Sacred Song Project aims to do the same thing, using music as the vehicle. Today’s column gives me an opportunity to respond to Tom’s......
15 Av 5775 (July 31, 2015)
After the two incidents of Jewish terrorism within the Jewish State, it is more urgent than ever to call for The Revolt of the Moderates. Wherever we look, we see situations that are out of control. We see fear and mistrust and anger and a sense of betrayal. We hear that there is a large group of Iranians who like that large group of Palestinians, merely want to live a life filled with the routine joy and tears of a life lived without Conflict and the constant threat of Death and Destruction.......