Author Archives: Rabbi Avi Friedman

About Rabbi Avi Friedman

I am the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - SJCC, a progressive Conservative and traditional congregation. I am also husband to Jodi as well as father to Gabi, Jonah, Jessica and Ilana. I have been a part of the Summit community since 2005.

Setting the Scene

As some of you surely know by now, I am a big fan of “Game of Thrones.”  I started reading (and re-reading) the series years ago, and now that one can only find out what happens via the TV series, … Continue reading

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What’s in the News?

There’s so much going on in the world today, it’s hard to decide what to talk about. Healthcare, the Israel-Diaspora relationship and Donald Trump Jr.’s tweets seem to be on the minds of lots of people. If you want a … Continue reading

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Let Me Tell You a Story

A week ago Sunday, Jodi and I were in NYC for dinner. We picked that date because it was the closest Sunday to her birthday that we could go. By coincidence, it happened to be the day of the Pride … Continue reading

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Very Strange Indeed

As we celebrated twenty years of Harry Potter this past week, I couldn’t help but think about some of the magical and mysterious rituals created by JK Rowling. Whether it was Voldemort dividing his soul into multiple parts and hiding … Continue reading

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Get on the Train

This summer, my daughter Gabi is commuting from Summit, NJ, into NYC for her job each day. Anyone who lives around Summit knows that starting July 10th, her travel experience is going change dramatically for the worse when the trains … Continue reading

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Opinions Are Like….

I was a little surprised to read that the best-selling non-fiction book this week is “Giant of the Senate,” by Sen. Al Franken. After all, it seems pretty obvious that this book has a limited audience. In the New York … Continue reading

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The Original Wonder Woman?

So, the reviews are in and it’s pretty unanimous – the new Wonder Woman movie is incredibly empowering for the girls and women who have gone to see it. The lead character Diana is allowed to behave in a way … Continue reading

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