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Off the Shelf: Novels that take place in Israel-part 1

Novels that take place in Israel tend to fall into two categories: those that talk about domestic life and those that focus on hamatzav (literally “the situation,” referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). However, it’s difficult to draw lines between domestic and political arena…

In My Own Words: Supreme Court decision by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Do you want this person to pick your Supreme Court justice? That’s the question some people ask when deciding who to vote for for president. Yet, over the years, Supreme Court justices have surprised the person who nominated them by following the rule of law, rather than the rule of politi…

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…

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’…