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In My Own Words - Animal rights and wrongs by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The Reporter recently received an e-mail about a lawsuit that was filed in San Francisco by the Fur Information Council of America. The organization wants to overturn that city’s recent ban on the sale of new fur and fur-trimmed coats. The e-mail contained a statement that I found interest…

In My Own Words - Various things by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

So much has been happening over the past month that it’s been difficult to decide which issues and events I should write about. Part of my dilemma is that my words should add something to the discussion, rather than just echoing what has already been said. What I decided to do is write som…

In My Own Words - Hate and antisemitism by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

It’s the alt-right’s fault. No, it’s antisemitism from the left wing. Wait, the problem is that people with mental illness have not received appropriate treatment. No, the cause is that this religion is antisemitic or that ethic group is or... or.... Then words begin to fail us. We so …

In My Own Words - A new year by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

So long, 2019. Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. In case you hadn’t already gathered, 2019 is not going down in history as one of my favorite years. I normally think of years using Jewish time; for example, Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the New Year for me. …

In My Own Words - Spending money by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

It felt like odd timing to finally start reading a collection of short essays, “Latest Readings,” by Clive James. The review copy had been accidentally sent to me in 2015 (as far as I can discover, James is not Jewish) and sat on my to-read pile since then. Shortly after beginning the bo…