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Off the Shelf: Unexpected consequences

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Any choice a person makes can result in unexpected consequences. After all, no one can predict the future. But some choices are more fraught than others, for example, surrogate motherhood or having an affair. Those actions occur in two recent novels: Jacqueline Fri…

Jennifer Steil discusses her novel “Exile Music”

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The Morning Book Club at Temple Concord will be held on Wednesday, June 1, with author Jennifer Steil appearing on Zoom to discuss and read from her novel “Exile Music.” For more information, see Temple Concord’s notes on page 6. The Reporter’s review of the…

Jewish Online Resources 5/20/22

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

The Institute for Jewish Spirituality will hold “Receiving and Extending Love: …

Off the Shelf: Math, drawings, time travel and family

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should... You might be able to change the past, but does that fix it? What will you lose?” – “Atomic Anna”

What would you change if you could go back in time? Would major historical events be your prio…

Off the Shelf: Developing traditions and variations

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

All religions change and develop over time. That can mean new interpretations or reimaginings of a specific aspect of the tradition, or a major break occurring over theological or legal differences. These variations can be seen in two new works: “Becoming Elijah:…