From the Executive Editor

In My Own Words: Rambling thoughts on self-checkouts, cheating and more

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Am I the only person who hates self-checkout machines? My reasons are personal, at least at the grocery store. 1) The movement from cart to the self-checkout bothers my back. Grocery shopping is difficult enough without having it cause physical pain, in addition to …

In My Own Words: Thinking about disability during Jewish Disability Month

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I remember the first time I accepted the label “disabled.” When I had what I now think of as my final drop in hearing, I continued to search for a medical solution. What I did not yet realize – or maybe was just unwilling to admit – was that I had a permanen…

In My Own Words: Book banning, review bombing and censorship

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“The right to speak and the right to publish under the First Amendment has been interpreted widely to protect individuals and society from government attempts to suppress ideas and information, and to forbid government censorship of books, magazines, and newspaper…

In My Own Words: For the good of the nation or the individual?

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman
I’d already read and reviewed one non-fiction work about the Kindertransport – when more than 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish minors were able to escape from areas controlled by Nazi Germany and receive shelter in England between November 1938 and September 1939* …

In My Own Words: A look at my personal 2023

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I recently read “The Man Who Died Twice,” the second book in Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series. The four main characters are in their 70s and, when referring to their ages, acknowledge that they are old. After reading the book (which was very funny,…