Barr's Banter

The Real History of Passover – Part II

In the second of a multi-part series on Passover, Rabbi Barr explores the question of why the slaves were eating matzah before they left Egypt.

The Real History of Passover – Part I

In the first of a multi-part series on Passover, Rabbi Barr explores the question of why the slaves were eating matzah before they left Egypt.

Sticks and Stones

Ann Coulter’s recent slur against John Edwards causes Rabbi Barr to reflect on a childhood lesson.

Scrotum and Common Sense – Part II

The Scrotum controversy continues, not only among children’s librarians, but now on iTunes. Rabbi Barr gives voice his surprise.

Scrotum, Children’s Literature, and Common Sense

Rabbi Barr looks at the current controversy surrounding Susan Patron’s book The Higher Power of Lucky.

God, Disneyworld, and the SuperBowl

Coach Tony Dungy’s comments following this year’s SuperBowl reminded Rabbi Barr of a phone call he received many years ago.

Valentine’s Day and the Jewish Child

With February 14th rapidly approaching, Rabbi Barr felt compelled to answer the question that plagues many Jewish parents at this time of year – Is it ok for my children to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Adam, Eve, and Sexism

The myth of Adam and Eve created the image that women are subordinate to men. Rabbi Barr comments on this, while discussing why one young woman decided not to become a rabbi.

Ellison, Prager, and the Koran

Robert Barr reflects on the reaction of some to the election of Keith Ellison, a Muslim, to the House of Representatives.

The Shabbat Dilemma

Rabbi Barr comments on one of contemporary Judaism silliest dilemmas – Should Jewish Community Centers around the country be open on Shabbat Morning?