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The illusion of purity and everyday messy holiness

The illusion of purity and everyday messy holiness

Shalom Chaverim— This week’s Torah Portion, Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1) begins with what might be considered a Jewish koan, one of those pesky Zen riddles, statements, or paradoxes to be meditated upon in the hopes of gaining sudden intuitive enlightenment. The most famous of these is probably “What is the...


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Queer pioneers

Queer pioneers

Shabbat Shalom, Chaverim— I don’t think I could have chosen a better Torah portion for tonight’s Pride Shabbat than this week’s reading, Shelach L’cha. It describes the episode of Moses sending spies to go scope out the promised land of Canaan. Twelve scouts are chosen, one from each tribe,...


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The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Shalom Chaverim— I was walking to the bus stop this morning and noticed a flyer tacked on a telephone pole proclaiming: “The Age of Pisces is Ending, The Age of Aquarius is Beginning!!” Having been an impressionable 10-year old in 1969, seeing that flyer brought to mind strains of...


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A blessing for you

A dizzying array of rituals, censuses, sacrifices and job descriptions fill this week’s Torah portion, Nasso (Numbers 4:21-7:89). And smack in the middle of the hurly burly is one whopper of a blessing: May God bless you and protect you May God’s face illuminate and be gracious to you,...


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