Parshah Shof’tim: Street Harassment and the Spoil of War

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“Damn, girl.” “Look at that booty.” “Mmmhmm…Straight fine. What are you, shy?” Steps from my door, two men lounging by the pool volleyed comments in my direction. As I fumbled for my keys, I was careful not to glance their way. Silently, and with what I hoped was something akin to fierce and impervious swagger, […]

YouTube Is My Siddur (or, Why I Can’t Stand Prayer Books)

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By Rabbi Patrick For many years, I have struggled to find a siddur that reflects the poetry of my life. I have trouble finding a book that speaks with honesty about human life, about Jewish life, and at the same time understands that humanity is not a species that lives in the literal, but lives […]

Parshah Re’eh: Awakening to Destruction

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Parshah Re’eh is brutal. Many of the words are ones of enmity and condemnation, commanding actions of phenomenal atrocity. It is a parshah of dictatorial wrath and vengeance. Death and destruction prevail. “…Put the inhabitants of that town to the sword and put its cattle to the sword. Doom it and all that is in […]

Parshah Eikev: Love and Cookies

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For the past several weeks, I have awoken to images of rockets sailing through skies blue and clear. Scrolling through social media sites over breakfast, tiny bodies of babies swaddled in shrouds for the dead float into view. Hate fueled rhetoric seems to prevail and I’ve been deeply disturbed by waves of vitriol coursing across […]

What Should PunkTorah Do Next? YOU DECIDE! Post your thoughts below

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Over the past five years, we have done some amazing things. The core of our community is three websites: PunkTorah, OneShul and Darshan Yeshiva. These happened because of you. Really, you. There is no grand puppet master making all this happen. It’s your time. Your energy. Your enthusiasm. Your financial support. PunkTorah, OneShul and Darshan […]