Category Archives: cross-posting

breathing and the א of revelation

a Zoom-enabled med­i­ta­tion cir­cle Dur­ing this time of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic “shel­ter­ing at home” Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue in Man­hat­tan has been main­tain­ing a Zoom-medi­at­ed dai­ly med­i­ta­tion prac­tice. A dai­ly call-in med­i­ta­tion prac­tice and a lit­tle Torah to help relieve stress and cen­ter the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition

A briefer ver­sion of this blog post, with few­er illus­tra­tions, was pub­lished as “Ten Min­utes of Torah” on Octo­ber 27, 2016 on ReformJudaism.org. Strangers don’t often inter­act on New York’s streets. Yet, this elec­tion sea­son, I am often stopped and asked … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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(ac)counting

let me count the (w/d)ays The peri­od between Pesach and Shavuot was one of seri­ous ten­sion in ancient Israel. The bar­ley har­vest began at Pesach and the wheat har­vest end­ed near the time of Shavuot. More was at stake dur­ing … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : freedom — braiding three strands

a braid of three strands There are many pos­si­ble modes for under­stand­ing the events retold in the Pesach Hag­gadah. Of these, three are braid­ed togeth­er so that, if we con­cen­trate exclu­sive­ly on any one of them, we dimin­ish the spe­cial … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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I am my &♥‘s and my &♥ is mine אלול

wel­come to אלול As we begin Elul, the month before Rosh haShan­nah, prepa­ra­tions for the new year start. The Hebrew word אלול is con­sid­ered an acronym for the phrase from the Song of Songs: 6:3a… אני לדודי ודודי לי = … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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are you slow to fast?

fast­ing for dar­fur As not­ed in an ear­li­er post on this blog, on the 26 of Sivan 5769 (cor­re­spond­ing to June 17–18, 2009) I fast­ed to call atten­tion to the con­tin­u­ing geno­cide in Dar­fur. One of my reg­u­lar read­ers shared a com­ment … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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hidden in plain sight (continued)

con­tin­ued from hid­den in plain sight what are we hid­ing (from)? As of this writ­ing, the phrase “hid­den in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide vari­ety of con­cepts and sit­u­a­tions. How many things … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Neapolitan

Over the years I have been asked: What kind of a rab­bi are you? To which I answer with­out hes­i­ta­tion: A good rab­bi! And then my inter­locu­tor stam­mers a bit and says: No, no, what… oh, ah…. Are you…? At which point I gen­tly inter­rupt … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Which is the fast…?

[cross post­ed at the Jew and the Car­rot and at the Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism]. The prophet Isa­iah asks (58:6–7): Is not this the fast that I have cho­sen? to loose the fet­ters of wicked­ness, to undo the bands … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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