Morah Yehudis Fishman

I have been teaching Torah and Chassidic writings for over forty years to students of all ages and backgrounds, both on the East Coast and the Midwest. I have been a director of several Jewish organizations in Santa Fe and Colorado. My articles and poetry on a wide variety of Jewish topics have been printed in many publications, and also are available online.

The Shape Of Our Inner Monsters

When I saw ‘The Shape of Water,’ this year’s Oscar winner, and winner of the Golden Globe awards, I was at first repulsed but then intrigued, both with the film and its director Guillermo Del Toro.

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Soliloquy of Yehudis

Given the present day focus on gender abuse, the story portrayed here about Judith and the Maccabees seems to have particular contemporary relevance.

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Coco and Jewish Perspectives on Life and Beyond

Honor your parents, follow your destiny, remember your ancestors, cherish honesty…prime Jewish values? Indeed, these are some of the main themes in the upcoming Joseph story throughout the final Torah portions of the book of Genesis.

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Mother Sarah and ‘Me Too’ Encounters

Since the disclosures about Harvey Weinstein and others, a media flurry of ‘me too’ talk on sexual harassment has emerged- some of it constructive, some of it not so. My purpose here is not to comment on these individual responses, but rather to shed some healing perspectives about this issue, from this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah.

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L.E.D. Through the Darkness

Many rabbis ask why we do not say a blessing for an eclipse as we do for other natural phenomena that we encounter, like thunder and lightning, earthquakes, etc.

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Light Rules

On Tuesday, January 31st 2017, several JCC’s around the country received bomb threats. The Boulder JCC was one of them.

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Cataracts, Shopkins, and Dr. Strange – Electing to See Beyond

The third Hebrew month of Kislev is soon upon us, and with that - no matter how you spell it, - Hanukah, the festival of lights is coming.

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Elul, Amalek and Doctor Who

Who has not seen or at least heard of the long-running TV series, Dr. Who? Why do I bring it up at this time of the year? Primarily because of this week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei.

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From Dor to Dor

In the moving film about Colorado’s famous autistic environmentalist and animal rights activist, Temple Grandin, the final quote is: "A door opened and I went through it."

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Present Even in Absense

This Thursday, the seventh of Adar, is both the birthday and the yahrzeit of Moshe Rabeinu, Moses our teacher- with a lifetime of one hundred and twenty years in between.

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Zachor – Amalek and Shabbat at War

Before we can get to Purim 5776, we must pass through the only Shabbat whose special Torah reading is biblically mandated- Parshat Zachor, the reading of the mitzvah to wipe out the memory of Amalek.

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