I hope this blog will be a vehicle to learn and discuss Torah and ideas related to Judaism. Internet -- with its myth of anonymity -- gives us too many opportunities to say things behind the backs of others. On the other hand, derekh eretz, good manners, is a core principle of Judaism. Therefore, some ground rules that are probably unneccessary to repeat. You're probably on this blog because you want to learn and live Torah:
1. We won't discuss practices of other people or groups unless it has direct bearing on ourselves or an issue at hand. 2. When we do discuss issues related to others, we will stick to issues and not make it personal. 3. To help us resist the temptation to criticize others, it's a good time to examine ourselves. 4. Good manners must prevail.
I hope that together, we will find our way to increasing the sparks of blessing and holiness in ourselves and in others.
Rabbi Shaina Bacharach is the spiritual leader of Congregation Cnesses Israel in Green Bay, WI -- She loves being a rabbi. In Green Bay, she also learned to love the Packers!
Rabbi Shaina grew up in Clarksdale, MS. There is much she loved about the South. However, she vividly remembers the turmoil of the civil rights years and the terrorism perpetrated against those who believed all citizens deserved equal treatment before the law.
Rabbi Shaina's family moved to Oklahoma City, OK, in time for her to attend the University of Oklahoma. She graduated from OU's Nursing College and worked as an R.N. for several years. Her increasing involvement in Judaism led her to teach at a Jewish day school in Oklahoma City. From there, she went to rabbinic school and was ordained in 1999 at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
She and her husband, Robert Dick, have four children between them: Elise, Jenny, Sean, and Simon -- and a grandson Austin. They also have a Boston Terrier named Greta and two cats, Devash and Tribble.