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In My Own Words - Peace plans by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

During my annual book review for the Sisterhood of Temple Concord, I reviewed a work written in the 1990s, “From a Sealed Room” by Rachel Kadish. The novel, most of which took place in Israel, ended on an optimistic note since a peace treaty was signed shortly after the events took place…

In My Own Words - Hearing ups and downs by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Life with a hearing impairment is an adventure and those who know me well know that I’m not particularly fond of adventures. My idea of excitement is to learn that an author I like has a new book coming out, or something nice has happened to a friend. When I originally planned this column,…

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 …