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In My Own Words: The unspeakable

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The request came in an e-mail: the person asked if I would review the book “Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood” by Stephen Mills, which tells of how Mills was sexually abused by the director of the Jewish summer camp he attended. The person who wrote the e-mail …

In My Own Words: Gun violence and free speech

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Gun violence

Is it possible to say anything new about gun violence? In April, before the killings in Buffalo and Uvalde, TX, I’d thought about doing a column after reading this in The New York Times’ daily e-mail: “Murders have spiked nearly 40 percent since…

In My Own Words: More than one million gone

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

More than one million Americans have died of COVID during the pandemic. More lives have been lost to this disease than the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The death toll is greater than the death t…

In My Own Words: U.S.A. in a dystopian Wonderland

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“Curiouser and curiouser!” – Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” 

Universities are bowing to pressure and rejecting speakers whose views aren’t in complete accord with the politics of their most strident students. School boards and local legislatures are ba…

In My Own Words: All the presidents’ children

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Maybe it’s time for the Justice Department to investigate Hunter Biden’s business practices. Before Democrats start complaining and Republicans start cheering, I also think we need an investigation into Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump’s business activi…