Tag Archives | 2019

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SixMillionandMe

by Aleta Bryant It is almost impossible to watch television, or view other forms of media without being inundated with advertisements for 23andMe or ancestry.com , where we learn the stories of everyday people who, tracing their DNA and ancestry, learn they are related to great chieftains, famous jurists, inspiring social activists, or even President […]

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All That We Carry

This short story is based on a strange and evocative dream I had.  Looking back, he took a double take. He looked again. Where in the world had that come from? It didn’t belong to him. And, what in the world was he going to do with it? He continued driving down the rural, country […]

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I Am My Beloved’s And My Beloved Is Mine

Last week Arnie and I attended Shabbat services at another synagogue to hear our grandson read Torah. The congregation acknowledged the beginning of the month of Elul. The rabbi was not there, rather a lay leader offered congratulations and a blessing to a young couple who will be married in a week. He mentioned that […]

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Introduction to Brett Douglas Levinson

It is both my pleasure and great honor to introduce my son, Brett, the Honor Roll student and poet. Five years ago, he was diagnosed as being High Functioning on the autism scale. The progress he has made is nothing short of phenomenal. I have never considered my son’s autism to be a handicap but […]

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The Note

Every year I’d look forward to it. Every year they’d wait for it. And every year, they still didn’t expect it when it came. It was just one note…..one note twice a year at High Holy Day Services. One note that connected me with God. I love that note. There’s a reason for that note. […]

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“The Inspiration, the Being”

Elul, the month of reflection and preparation. At this time significant words pass through my thoughts. Words like repentance, reflection, introspection, spiritual stature come into my time of prayer, chanting, singing and even when I am driving on a beautiful sunny California day, windows down, sun roof back, with either the Beach Boys singing their […]

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Are You With Me?

I have often wondered how do we feel G’d’s presence in today’s modern urban society? When I am in the store looking for a particular item and there is exactly one of that item left on the shelf, was G-d responsible for my good fortune? When I long for a day free of obligations, and […]

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The Last Way

In June/July of this year, I fulfilled a life-long dream to travel to Eastern Europe, specifically to Poland, Lithuania and Belarus, the cradle of Jewish civilization and culture for centuries before World War II. My father was born in Vilnius, Lithuania (part of Poland before WW II). Part of purpose of the journey was one […]

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Don’t believe everything you hear. Check it out.

Those who know me understand the title of this piece. Skeptical is my middle name. So where does this doubting instinct come from and why do I always look for another explanation? Even before I could read, probably around age five, I began doubting. The memory of this event is vivid and pops up every […]

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“A Prayer for the Outcasts, the Lepers and the Jews”

Many years ago, I attended the Catholic wedding of one of my students. During the ceremony, the priest intoned, “… and let us say a special blessing for the outcasts, the lepers and the Jews.” I could not restrain my outward guffaw of laughter, knowing that the groom, my former student, would well-understand my inability […]

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