The “Unsmote, but Smitten Nonetheless” Edition

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Linda Gradstein and Noah Efron discuss two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

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3 comments on “The “Unsmote, but Smitten Nonetheless” Edition

  1. Alden Solovy says:

    Thanks to friend Linda Gradstein for reading my poem “Elijah is with the Hostages.” Noah, being a liturgist is, indeed, a cool profession. You’d be surprise how much there is to write. My 7th book of Torah and t’fillah inspired poetry should come out later this year. In the classic sense of the piytan, I have become a traveling teacher preacher. Happy to speak with you about it at any point. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.

    1. Rabbi Jeremy Gordon says:

      This is so beshert. I came to the web-page looking for a transcript, or at least a way to be reminded of the poem Linda extracted so powerfully. B’Shem Omro, I would hope to share it with the community at New London Synagogue this year. Thank you
      May freedom come for all.
      May there always be hunger for new prayers … and old prayers.

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