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Day Four: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Four: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

For my final day of decision-making, I didn’t want to talk to an expert. I didn’t want to hear what the Torah had to say, or how my cells would dry up and die, or how fasting contributes to body … Read More

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Day Three: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Three: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

“I could eat all the time” is a favorite expression among the women in my family. It’s an exaggeration, yes, but not by much. We’re second- and third-helping kinds of eaters, the types who always eat dessert and apologize for … Read More

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Day Two: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day Two: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

Dr. Myron Yaster is the reason I started fasting, though he doesn’t know it. Yaster has been observing the fast since his bar mitzvah 41 years ago. He attends a Conservative synagogue in Baltimore, the same one where his three … Read More

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Day One: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?

Day One: Should I Fast For Yom Kippur?
By September 18, 2007

I am not a faster. Forget going a whole day without eating—it’s hard for me to go more than a few hours without a snack. Fasting wasn’t a tradition in my home. Neither were bat mitzvahs. And it was a … Read More

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My Crush On Catholicism

My Crush On Catholicism
By August 8, 2007

Recently a lapsed Catholic friend confessed a serious case of religion envy—for the religion I happened to be born into. “I’ve always had a strong admiration for Judaism,” he told me. “If I had to choose any religion, it would … Read More

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Fear and Kvetching in Jerusalem: Part II

Fear and Kvetching in Jerusalem: Part II
By August 6, 2007

DAY FOUR We go to the Tel Aviv Center for Educational Technology in order to hold an experiment in “open space technology,” which is a fancy way of describing the act of sitting in rooms and talking. Sessions include “Can … Read More

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Fear and Kvetching in Jerusalem

Fear and Kvetching in Jerusalem
By August 6, 2007

A few months ago I was invited to participate in the ROI (“Return on Investment”) Global Summit for Young Jewish Innovators, held in Jerusalem between July 1 and 5. By some miracle my invitation was not nullified after I posted … Read More

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Rabbinical School Is Ruining My Love Life

Rabbinical School Is Ruining My Love Life
By July 30, 2007

Rabbi Eliezer says, "Whoever teaches his daughter Torah teaches her lasciviousness.”—BT Sotah 20a “So,” he says in a low, soft voice, leaning across the table. “Tell me, what does Judaism say about sex?” “Be fruitful and multiply,” I say flatly, … Read More

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