The spark that glitters under the clutter
December 07, 2017

The spark that glitters under the clutter

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim, This week’s Torah portion, VaYeshev (Genesis 37:1 - 40:23) introduces us to the Torah’s most famous dreamer, Joseph. His dreams portend greatness, disaster, salvation, trouble, and redemption. It is heartening (though a...

Can the Deity of our subconscious be trusted?
December 01, 2017

Can the Deity of our subconscious be trusted?

Shabbat Shalom, Chaverim— This weekend will be a first for the Bay Area. On Sunday, December 3, Chochmat HaLev and Kehilla Community Synagogue are welcoming and hosting SVARA for a full day of Talmud study....

Holiness hides in the folds of human weakness
November 17, 2017

Holiness hides in the folds of human weakness

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— I met a friend for a glass of wine after work recently.  We hadn’t seen each other in a while and after the preliminary niceties the conversation turned to matters closer to...

berkeley jewish chochmat halev
November 10, 2017

Seeing with the eye of kinship

Shabbat Shalom, Chaverim— I’m back in the cool and misty Bay after a few weeks in the overheated Middle East. Folks here seem a bit chilly, withdrawn, and insular, unlike the Holy Landers who tend...

Unraveling our difficult story
November 03, 2017

Unraveling our difficult story

Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— For the last 10 days I’ve been wrestling, wondering, and wandering with an extraordinary group of Jewish and Christian clergy in Israel.  At the Shalom Hartman Institute we’ve learned with and from...

chochmat halev renewal judaism
October 27, 2017

Trust in your own unfolding

This week’s Maggid’s Musing is sent to us from Israel, where Maggid Jhos is participating in the JCRC/Shalom Hartman Institute’s Christian-Jewish Leadership Project. Shabbat Shalom Chaverim— It’s 6:00 a.m. in Jerusalem. When I awoke, I...

I'm spiritual, not religious
September 15, 2017

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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