Category Archives: ritual

#blogexodus : (learning from) the signs

the signs We each need to learn dif­fer­ent things at dif­fer­ent stages of our lives. Pharaoh was unwill­ing to release his labor sup­ply. Pharaoh thought him­self a god. He believed he could do what­ev­er he want­ed to with indi­vid­u­als or entire … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : how do I cleanse my life of chametz?

rab­bi meir shmuel ben tzip­po­rah v’nechemia hale­vi [ר‘משבצונה“ל] teach­es: Judith came in from the fields where it appeared as though the whole com­mu­ni­ty was out har­vest­ing the new grain crop. The rains had ceased and the ground had dried enough … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : getting beyond the straits and narrow

how could so many peo­ple leave at one time? Amaz­ing­ly, in our own day we have already for­got­ten that “Hun­dreds of thou­sands of… refugees streamed home­ward…” [Rwan­dan refugees; James C. McKin­ley Jr. of The New York Times in the Los … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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promise of dawn

dark morn­ings As the north­ern hemi­sphere moves deep­er into win­ter with less light for each day, our morn­ings begin near dawn. This is a beau­ti­ful time of begin­nings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morn­ing are not those of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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time for pruning

the days grow short, the moon fills and begins to wane. The date clus­ters hang ready. Come with me to the oasis. The late sum­mer har­vest has begun. I sort the fruit of my past year’s labor. The fruit is … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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6 on a scale of 1 to 10?

judge every­one, how? In Pirke Avot 1:6, R. Joshua ben Per­achi­ah says: והוי דן את כל האדם לכף זכות The phrase is var­i­ous­ly trans­lat­ed as: judge every man in the scale of mer­it judge every man towards mer­it Judge every … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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love humanity, & bring them close 2 #Torah

study­ing pirkei avot dur­ing the omer Dur­ing the peri­od of the Omer I have been study­ing Pirkei Avot. This is a tra­di­tion­al activ­i­ty for the peri­od, but I have been doing it in a non-tra­di­­tion­al man­ner. I take each Mish­nah and break it down into … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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beyond the straits and narrow

a grow­ing hag­gadah We print­ed a pri­vate new edi­tion of A Grow­ing Hag­gadah last year for per­son­al use. We will use it again this year. If you are inter­est­ed in hav­ing a PDF ver­sion of the text to print and use (in whole … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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let us make light

a can­dle light­ing kavanah in hon­or of shab­bat of bereishit As our week ends, we focus on how our own lives mir­ror cos­mic events. Shab­bat now begins. We have com­plet­ed a full week of cre­ation. Now we focus inward for a short … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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אלול comes every year

prepar­ing for my beloved As we begin Elul, the month before Rosh haShan­nah, prepa­ra­tions for the new year start. As I wrote last year (August 20, 2009) at this time, the Hebrew word אלול is con­sid­ered an acronym for the phrase … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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