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In addition to serving the Temple Chai community in Phoenix, Arizona, Rabbi Bonnie Koppell is a Chaplain (Colonel) in the United States Army Reserve and currently serves as Command Chaplain of the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Rabbi Koppell was one of the first female Rabbis in the United States — and holds the distinct honor of having been the first female Rabbi in the U.S. Military.

Rabbi Koppell’s writings have been published in numerous books and journals. She is a frequent newspaper columnist and a much sought after speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

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Laughing at Ourselves, Laughing at Authority

I want to share with you one of my favorite Talmudic stories from tractate Baba Metzia. The rabbis are debating whether an oven that had become impure could be purified. This may not seem like a terribly entertaining or amusing discussion- yet- it is God’s gleeful response which calls this story to mind right at …

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Pardes Jewish Day School Students Reflect on Parshat Bo

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh.  For I have hardened his heart’.” Exodus 10:1   What is good about being hard-hearted? When might it be important? Sometimes you need to stand up to a bully- Grades K-4 When friends are pressuring you to do something you shouldn’t do and you need to say …

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God’s Name, Heisenberg, and Humpty Dumpty

    Can you believe it’s 2015? Don’t you just want to stop the train, keep time from moving relentlessly forward, and freeze the moment? I think this is kind of a natural, universal human desire. We long for certainty in an uncertain world, we long for stability in a world of constant change. The …

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Who Ate the Garlic?- Jewish Teachings on Not Embarrassing Others

Who Ate the Garlic? As part of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies, I have the pleasure of walking to Starbucks with our young people and hearing each of their unique perspectives on life. Of course, Starbucks was closed on the day Ben and I tried to go there, but we still had a good chat and …

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