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In My Own Words: Playing with our lives by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Hubris: that’s one of my coworker’s favorite words. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “exaggerated pride or self-confidence.” A person with hubris thinks he knows more than anyone else and, therefore, makes better decisions than anyone else, even those with more experience…

From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director: With gratitude

A little piece of chocolate around 3 pm has always been my guilty pleasure. During these challenging times, I have added a new way to reduce stress and bring a glimmer of hope to my day. It is a surprise to me that listening to Andrew Cuomo’s press conferences are a comfort. His candidness…

In My Own Words: Living in your hometown by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

You know you live in your hometown when someone you don’t recognize says to you. “I babysat you when you were 3 years old.” This occurred when I was attending an event the first weekend in March and, even though I didn’t remember her, I knew she was right because she told me where I …

In My Own Words: Working from home by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Although newspapers are considered a vital industry, Reporter staff have been working from home as much as possible. That makes work more difficult since all communication is done on the computer, but we decided to do this because we want to follow government guidelines as best we can. We’…

In My Own Words: A second chance by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

A little known section of the Torah is giving people hope during the coronavirus crisis. At least that was the buzz on a Jewish list serve to which I belong. What am I talking about? Verses six-12 in chapter nine in the biblical book of Numbers speak about Passover Sheni – a second opportu…