Bushwhacking My Way To Divinity: Parshah Noach

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This past year, 5774, my father died alone, suffering severe alcohol withdrawal. My mother, whose mental health has been compromised for years, disappeared. After a police report covering 3 states was filed, she suddenly reappeared, raising more questions than answers. Following routine sinus surgery, a woman with whom I’d experienced a conflicted friendship died suddenly […]

I’m Reconsidering My Life (Why Cheshvan Is Better Than Rosh Hashanah)

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The cliche is so old that it’s barely worth repeating: the High Holidays are the time when we deeply reflect on who we are, what we want, and how God ties into all of this. It’s certainly true that this is the case for a whole host of people. For me, not so much. When […]

Parshah Bereishit: Hide-And-Seek with Holy Sparks – A Story for Our Younger Selves

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In the beginning, there was no you or me. There were no animals, flowers, or trees. There were no planets or stars. In the beginning, there was only God. Everything was the infinite, Ein Sof. There was nothing outside of, or separate from, the divine. Before everything came into being, there was God and God […]

Online Conversion To Judaism Expanding at Darshan Yeshiva!

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Darshan Yeshiva’s online conversion program is growing, and you need to know about it. Our hope is to increase the size and scope of the program (if there is demand for it), starting December 1st 2014, in the following ways: Reform, Orthodox, Post-Denominational…More Ways To Convert Students will be able to choose a conversion guided by […]

HaShem’s Avatars: Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

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While Shavuot probably deserves the title of Least Appreciated Jewish Holiday among progressive Jews, I’d also like to argue that the trifecta of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah is probably a close second. Sure, some people do the sukkah, but I don’t exactly see my neighbors sleeping in them. Plus, when your sukkah has […]