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Where have I traveled? Reflections on turning 40

Men at Forty  by Donald Justice (1925-2004)    Men at forty  Learn to close softly  The doors to rooms they will not be  Coming back to.    At rest on a stair landing,  They feel it 

What Have You Learned So Far? A Conversation With Michelle Sawwan

This month's conversation highlights an accomplished Ask Big Questions Alumna. Michelle Sawwan was an ABQ fellow from 2012-2013 while she was completing her master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia. She went on to work in student affairs administration, and is...

Public Infrastructure

As you may have heard, the Washington Metro subway is in bad shape. So bad, in fact, that they had to shut down the entire system for a day to do emergency repairs earlier this year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: the Metro is in such a state of disrepair that the system may have to shut...

What’s Here, and What Isn’t? On Questions, Suspicion, and Faith

Years ago, just after I graduated rabbinic school, I remember being at a training retreat for Hillel student interns. These were students who had not previously been involved in Jewish life on campus, and who were recruited to be part of a cohort that would deepen their own connection with Jewish...