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In My Own Words - The EPA, the Paris agreement and human health

It doesn’t take an advanced degree in science or medicine to realize that ingesting heavy metals and ash is dangerous to the health of humans and other animals. It is nearly impossible to control something once it’s in our soil or water supply, including if those chemicals will be ingest…

In My Own Words - “What type of store...” by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

My answer might surprise you. I was reading the Food Network Magazine and an article featured suggestions by chefs about conversation starters that could help prevent family fights about politics during the Thanksgiving meal. One chef suggests asking the question, “What type of store would…

In My Own Words - Kindness and unkindness by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I was in Syracuse with a friend for my yearly ear surgeon appointment. (Everything is fine and, unless something goes wrong, they’ll see me next year at the same time.) I was putting my credit card in the parking kiosk, but the machine said it couldn’t read it. When I tried to get the ca…

In My Own Words - Broken promises and lost lives by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant and an elephant’s faithful 100 percent.” Those words from “Horton Hatches an Egg” by Dr. Seuss greatly influenced my life. A promise – an oath – should not be broken; one’s word has to mean something. I find it interesting that the…

In My Own Words - Antisemitism – part two by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

One of the reasons I experienced some antisemitism in high school was because I was very publicly Jewish. No, I didn’t wear a Star of David or a kippah, but I never hid my religion. In fact, I had an English teacher ask me to take her college-prep writing class because she was Jewish and h…