Shabbat

Lech Lecha

Take a moment and think about something that prevents you from forging a new journey with a sense of your own wholeness. Do you pay homage to this thing so that it has, perhaps, become an idol? Maybe that idol is depression, a trauma, a sour relationship, the way you view your body. How might you be able to smash it, like Avram does in the midrash?

By |2020-11-06T14:40:12-08:00October 20th, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Wrestling

Wrestling with God, life, ourselves, takes different forms— But whatever it’s pushing through, whether pain in football, pain over the death of someone we love, or pain over political differences, we are different afterwards…hopefully we are stronger, because we brought our best selves to the struggle.

By |2020-11-06T16:52:56-08:00December 17th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

Sarah Laughed

Even though G-d confronts Sarah, she isn’t punished for laughing. Maybe her laughter made sure she got her baby. Maybe her laugh was like a dare, and the challenge made G-d really want to make good on the promise.

By |2020-11-06T15:20:05-08:00November 19th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

Parashat Vayera

The origin of the idea that Abraham and Sarah were so welcoming of guests actually comes from this week’s Torah portion, Vayera.  The portion begins, “And the Eternal appeared to him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre; and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.  And he lifted up his eyes and looked and lo, three men stood by him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground.”

By |2020-11-06T15:23:40-08:00November 18th, 2016|Rabbi's Blog, Writing|0 Comments

Pride Shabbat Jewish Journey

There is no default setting. We have to show up and make our whole selves visible. Once we have found each other, once we have said yes, we are just getting started. The real journey is the back and forth and delicious curiosity and brave truth telling and honest desire, through which we will remake the world.

By |2020-11-06T15:27:51-08:00June 16th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

She Smiles at the Future

Without this commitment to Jewish competence, our re-invented Judaism is in peril of being all head and no body. All gate and no household. If we lose Eshet Chayil, if we forsake her in the reboot, we lose the creative force that animates a living Jewish civilization.

By |2020-11-06T15:28:34-08:00April 15th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments