Science, Sanctity, and Spirituality
One of the most difficult concepts in ancient Judaism we modern Jews encounter is holiness. We do all right with a concept of holiness that includes a commandment to love our neighbor, but not so well with a holiness that commands us to avoid certain foods, for example, or even certain fabrics (
Galilee Diary: Jerusalem Day
Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem; may those who love you be at peace. May there be well-being within your ramparts, peace in your citadels.
Rosh Chodesh: A Monthly Ritual
I started a new congregational position this year. The job, which is part-time, is at a wonderful congregation that meets in a 315-year old Presbyterian church. Since my working hours are limited, I am focused on making the most of my time there.
What A Rabbi Learned From Her Roller Coaster Of A Wedding
Everybody says their wedding was a rollercoaster, but mine really was, what with a blackout, a flood and a fire.
The Torah In Haiku: B’haalot’cha
The people complain
"If only we had some meat"
They'd prefer Egypt
G-d: "I'll give you meat"
For a month you will eat it
Until you hate it
Galilee Diary: Location, Location, Location
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't exalt Jerusalem above my greatest joy. –Psalm 137:5-6
Sitting in the Galilee, remembering Jerusalem…
Making Shabbat Holy
When my mother was alive, she neither checked email nor opened snail mail on Shabbat. Whatever missives – real or virtual – awaited her, she knew, would still be there once Shabbat had ended. This minhag was her way to step back and set the day apart.
The Torah In Haiku: Sh'lach L'cha
Look at your talit
Do you see some blue fringes?
That's what G-d commands
Don't worry, chaver
Even most observant Jews
Rarely have blue threads