This little lemur has been surprised by something.

“Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht”

The title of this post is an old Yiddish saying, meaning “People plan, and God laughs.” We can plan all we want, but sometimes things turn out in unexpected ways. I thought I was done with Coffee Shop Rabbi and this blog– then God laughed.

I will definitely continue to teach Intro to the Jewish Experience, but in a new place: Jewish Gateways, in Albany, CA. The classes will all be online, via Zoom. Classes will start in September, 2021, after the High Holy Days. I will tweak the syllabus a bit. More about that in future posts.

I will return to keeping this blog, although I’m not sure exactly what I mean by that, yet. There will be new posts from time to time, and they’ll have to do with topics that interest me. Again, more about that as clarity emerges.

Here’s a question for regular readers: What topics interest YOU? What would you like to hear more about? You can reply in the comments.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

18 thoughts on ““Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht””

  1. I’m so excited about this! Would love to hear more about feminism and female voices in Judaism.

    Also, would love to tackle all the guilt feelings associated with connecting in Jewish communities and self acceptance at all levels of culture/religion/text knowledge/traditions.

    1. Several big topics in there, all of them good stuff. Sounds like you and Linda from Redding are on the same wavelength. Thank you for writing!

  2. Look forward to u jumping back in I am really into the woman in all religions rolls and contribution that are not known or has not been mentioned in most religions 😇

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    1. If you are not familiar with Jewish Gateways, it’s a wonderful place. It is a local organization geared to making sure that Jews are not left out because of race, or income, or any of the factors that leaves some folks feeling so left out of Jewish life. I’m very grateful to have a home with them, because our missions are so well aligned.

      1. Sounds wonderful and exactly the kind of chevre that deeply resonates with me…unfortunately it’s out of state for me. Will check out the website and hopefully connect online.

  3. This comment is from Linda, up in Redding, CA:

    “I would enjoy reading your thoughts and teaching on why, if we women are so Eshet Chayil, our voices must not be heard, especially in our designated section at The Wall, and any specific sections of Torah that expressly prohibit women from full participation. I’d also be interested in your opinion of this new Orthodox title/position of Maharat…if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks…then by golly, it must a rabbi.”

  4. Glad that you are back with your blog!
    I appreciate your perspective.
    As a 72 y.o. straight male, I too have concerns about the status of women and LGBTQ+ folks in traditional Judaism.

    1. Rabbi Adar, so sorry that Ha Maqom didn’t continue as I had thought it would. And I hope that your disappointment over your “plans” was assuaged by your new gig with Jewish Gateways. It sounds exciting; a new venue, with new folks!

      As you know, I was sorely disappointed a while back, to learn that you might hang up the Coffee-Shop shingle. So, speaking for myself, I’m over the moon to learn that you might be continuing with it.

      And these topics are exactly what I love:
      “There will be new posts from time to time, and they’ll have to do with topics that interest me.”

      To me, the whole point of your blog is to show me how you handle both change, & what does not change, & how Torah figures in. You offer an insight into stuff that others don’t.

      So thanks a bunch! Our hearts are with you!

  5. Great to read that you will continue. I would be interested to learn more about confirmation in American reform communities.

  6. Rabbi Adar, I’m thrilled & also grateful to read your good news re: Covid. Makes for an especially joyous Shabbat Shalom!

    Sorry I can’t respond to your Tweet directly; suspended 2 years ago (over too-frequent responses to *rump’s posts. Really! Also, I see your’re now off Facebook so I couldn’t respond to you there. Hence, my response here).

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