Erica Brown

Stories by Erica Brown

Life and death on Heartbreak Hill

On Monday I sat down in a hotel room two blocks from where the explosion occurred at the end of … Continued

Rick Warren, the father, grieves

When Rick Warren gave his address at President Obama’s first inauguration, he made a plea: “When we fail to treat … Continued

Putting the meaning in ‘weening

AP Sophia Davila searches for the right pumpkin to be carved into a jack-o-lantern this Halloween at John Ackerman’s pumpkin … Continued

The outsider wins

Weekly Jewish Wisdom: The Outsider Wins by Dr. Erica Brown “There is no prophet in his own city.” Jewish adage … Continued

Holy conversation

Weekly Jewish Wisdom Holy Conversationby Dr. Erica Brown “Conversation is a form of prayer.” Talmud Brakhot 26b What are the … Continued

The tabernacle checklist

Weekly Jewish Wisdom The Tabernacle Checklist by Dr. Erica Brown “Just as the Lord had commanded Moses, so the Israelites … Continued

Love is a choice

Weekly Jewish Wisdom Love’s Armor By Dr. Erica Brown “Love rarely finds the one encased in armor.” -Rabbi David Wolpe … Continued

WJW: The other, the self

“We human beings are uneasy about what truly occurs deep inside the other, even if that Other is someone we … Continued

WJW The Gift

“It is better to lavish gifts on the poor than to feast heavily or to give presents to one’s friends. … Continued

WJW Half Full

“Pessimism in Judaism is usually premature.” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Mark Twain, who has been occupying a lot of literary attention … Continued

WJW The Ancient Border

“Remove not the ancient border.” Mishna Peah 7:3 In Helen Simonson’s lovely debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a very … Continued

What is Man?

“What is man, that You are mindful of him and the son of man that You pay attention to him?” … Continued

I can’t remember

“Most people think of forgetting as a defect. But I consider it a great benefit.” Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav If … Continued

WJW The Journey to Judaism

“A non-Jew who has harvested his field and then converted is exempt from the obligation of gleaning, the forgotten sheaf … Continued

WJW All I Ask

“All that I have made, I made only for you. All that I ask of you is that you love … Continued

Deep Waters

“The words a person speaks are deep waters. A flowing stream. A fountain of wisdom.” Proverbs 18:4 The words we … Continued

The stranger and the angel

“I hear it said of somebody that he is leading a double life. I think to myself: Just two?” Leon … Continued

Fixing problems

“The purely righteous do not complain about evil but add righteousness; do not complain about heresy but add faith; do … Continued

Outrage at humanity’s use of technology

“If anyone makes his friend’s face turn white in public, it is as if he spilled blood.” Babylonian Talmud (Bava … Continued

A holiday of contradictions

“Water symbolizes Your might…It reassures, with its drops, those in whom was blown the breath of life.” Jewish Prayer for … Continued