Author Archives: Jhos Singer



Jhos Singer

I'm spiritual, not religious
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I’m spiritual, not religious

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— Very often I hear folks say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.”  (To be precise “religion” derives from the Latin religare meaning ‘to bind’, and by definition religiosity includes binding beliefs, practices and obligations. The...

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September 15, 2017
Investigate-drash-interpret
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Investigate-drash-interpret

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetze (Deut. 21:10-25:19) is chock full with social rules and edicts that range from compassionate and noble to downright nasty and cruel. On the one hand we...

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August 30, 2017
Be Peaceful
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Be Peaceful

Shabbat Shalom, Chaverim— In 1995 I participated in the International Interfaith Pilgrimage for Peace and Life, in commemoration of the end of World War II.  The Pilgrimage started with a 10-day convocation in Oswiecim, Poland....

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August 25, 2017
Question authority?
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Question authority?

Shabbat Shalom, Chaverim— Our son, Michael, and I went to the “Summer of Love” exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco today. After a few hours of staring at Stanley Mouse and Alton...

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August 11, 2017
Queer pioneers
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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...

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June 16, 2017
chochmat halev
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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...

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June 02, 2017
Loving your neighbor as yourself
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Loving your neighbor as yourself

Shalom Chaverim— This week’s parasha, Acharei Mot/Kiddushin, includes the enigmatic scriptural sound byte: V’ahavta l’reyacha k’mocha—And you will love your neighbor as your self.  You will find this tidbit in Leviticus 19:18, which in its...

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May 04, 2017
Giving ourselves permission
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Giving ourselves permission

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— Shabbat is such a gift—and yet it’s quite difficult to accept.  To take one day off—to step away from judgment and fear, resentment and animosity, ego and malice—would seem a delicious invitation. ...

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April 27, 2017
A new set of questions this Passover
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A new set of questions this Passover

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— Once again, Passover has passed over leaving in its wake memories of its annual Gastro-symbolic rites, its cobbled together trajectory tale, its multilayered ceremony and sanctimony spanning centuries, its haggadah stitching together...

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April 20, 2017