April 27, 2017

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. ...

April 20, 2017

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...

December 07, 2016

Vayetze – God is in that place too

Shalom chaverim— This week’s Torah Portion is “Vayetze” which details the story of Jacob’s hasty departure from his parental homestead. He basically creates a situation with his family that forces him to skedaddle, and the first...

November 30, 2016

Tshuvah – from ignorant surety to brilliant doubt

Shalom chaverim— This week’s Torah portion is Toldot—it basically describes the fertility struggles of Isaac and Rebecca, the eventual birth of their twin boys, Jacob and Esau and their clumsy family life. In some ways...

November 09, 2016

Lech L’cha /go to yourself in these difficult times

Shalom chaverim— Yesterday the United States of America voted in President Donald J. Trump. Most of the people I know are utterly despondent about this fact.  Honestly, I’m not all that surprised.  Miserable, yes, but not...

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