The Grey-In-Between

I stumbled upon this poem in the midst of the oppressive wildfire smoke that seemed to embody the endless, heavy grey period when our world felt paused. Even now, when skies have cleared, it speaks to me of the futile feeling of this in-between time, and of pondering whether action truly matters.

By |2020-10-01T08:20:11-07:00October 1st, 2020|Writing|0 Comments

Collective Guilt/ Responsibility

To be a Jew, and to participate in this annual ritual, is—I believe--to be able to see our own, as well as others’ humanity, more broadly.  We come together on this day not only for ourselves, not only for the community whose destiny we share, but also for the larger collective enterprise that we call humanity. 

By |2019-11-10T09:04:38-08:00October 8th, 2019|Writing|0 Comments

The Arc Bends Toward Justice

There, in the midst of an area that is so sullied by such a hateful and violent past, I saw that arc.  It is long, very long, as Dr. King said.  It is likely even longer than the arc of our own lifetimes.  And yet--despite our deepest fears, despite our great uncertainty for the future of this country, I saw that it does indeed bend toward justice. Let me tell you why.

By |2020-10-01T08:24:36-07:00September 29th, 2019|Writing|0 Comments

Israel Trip

Whenever I discuss Israel with anyone, the first thing I say is, “Politics aside, it’s the most dynamic country on Earth.”  Israel invented WAZE, and drip irrigation, and molten salt solar power plants, and Soda Stream, and your telephone voice mail, and the world’s first electric passenger airplane (it debuted in June at the Paris [...]

By |2019-11-10T06:52:15-08:00September 29th, 2019|Writing|0 Comments

Words shared at beginning of Service of Comfort in Shadow of Loss, Sunday October 28, 2018

Words shared by Rabbi Zari Weiss At beginning of Service of Comfort in the Shadow of Loss Sunday evening, October 28, 2018    19 Cheshvan 5779  L’chol zman v’yet l’chol heyfetz tachat ha’shamayim. For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. There should not ever be a need for a [...]

By |2019-11-10T03:53:29-08:00October 29th, 2018|Rabbi's Blog, Writing|0 Comments