Author: Steve Lipman

Solo Shabbat

“So, who’s your latest victim?” That was the sarcastic question a colleague at work—a Sabra who has picked up the snarky US sense of humor—would ask me every Thursday or Friday when he spotted me rolling a suitcase into our office. It meant I was going away for Shabbat....

When God Says No

“Rabbi, I prayed for my zeidy to get better, but he died. Didn’t God listen to my prayer?”

October Surprise

I wanted to make my extended time in our family home over Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah memorable. I didn’t realize how memorable Nature would make the chagim.

How Covid Brings Us Together

Soldiers began delivering groceries, loading prepared meals into ambulances, and bringing medicine and toys to quarantined homes. And the men dressed in black-and-white bonded with those in khaki green.

A Pandemic of Kindness

As the virus spread into other corners of the Jewish world, the chesed spread as well.

Yizkor

What is it like to remember, in such a somber setting, loved ones you had lost?