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Jaclyn Cohen
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Embracing Elul
And here is the D'var Torah I delivered this past Saturday, September 6, the 11th of Elul 5774:  Embrace Elul I’ve never, ever been good with this time of year. There’s something about the way the weather changes and the
smells shift; the vision of children...
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Be a Blessing
I've been a little behind with posting things I've written ... let's chalk it up to High Holiday brain! Here is the D'var Torah I delivered on August 23rd, Parshat Re'eh:  Choose Blessing I don’t want to read the news anymore. I know that I have to – that I...
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Dvarim: Telling our Stories
Kabbalat Shabbat – Parshat
D’varim August 1, 2014  Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen Raise your hand if you know the name of the first female
rabbi ever . (pause) Anyone? If you answered Sally Priesand, well … good guess, but she’s
not it. Rabbi Sally Priesand was the fir...
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Shades of Gray
Many years ago, I worked as the arts and crafts specialist at the family camp I'd attended with my own family for many years. Just on the cusp of my twenties, I was young and silly and thought I knew everything. My own work with teens over the last decade h...
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Perspective is Everything
This past Friday evening - July 4th - I gave my first drash at Temple de Hirsch Sinai in Seattle. It was awesome. I'm sharing it here with all of you and look forward to sharing many more pieces and musings in the future: Shabbat Shalom. The father of
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Erev Rav
Tonight is my last night ever being "just Jaclyn."  I mean, I'll always be Jaclyn, that's for sure. And I don't anticipate very much about myself changing after tomorrow. I'll still be the same-old, irreverent, loud n'proud JFroCo I've always been.  But.  (...
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B'derech
The past two weeks, I've been neither here nor there. I'm physically in Los Angeles ... in the apartment that has become our home three miles from the ocean. It's filled with so much stuff . (How do we physically amass so much stuff? ) But also memories. Re...
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A Dvar Torah on Vayikra
This morning I shared some brief words of Torah with the Jewish Legislative Caucus of the California Democratic Party. (Many thanks to my dear friend, Claire "Rainbow" Conlon, for the opportunity!) I present them here to you, faithful blog-followers: Shabba...
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February 2014: A Retrospective
My, what a long, strange month it's been! February 2014 has been the longest, most fascinating, challenging, eye-opening and soul-stirring month of our lives. And I cannot believe that tomorrow it finally comes to an end. At the beginning of February I bega...
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I remember turning ten. Vaguely. We had an ice skating party at the Culver City Rink (z"l). It was special. I was hitting double digits!  What a thrill! At the party my mom recorded Uncle Peter congratulating me on turning ten:  I can't believe you're ten y...
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