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 […]

God, Gender Theory, and Embracing the Divine Feminine: Parshah Va’ethanan

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I am in love with a God transcending all forms and constructs. I am awed by the concept of a deep divine flow worlds beyond what my own finite imagination can capture. In many ways, I need my entreaties to HaShem to be spilled into something utterly unknowable. I am not interested in a God […]

Tisha b’Av, A Holy Day of Sadness

A Jewish worshipper prays at the Western Wall during prayers marking Tisha B'Av, in Jerusalem

Tish b’Av, a holy day of sadness, commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, a day when we read the Book of Lamentations and on which many fast. Is there any benefit to living in the past, focusing on tragedy? Or can we perhaps learn a lesson from tragedy? Rabbi Michael Bernstein of […]

Parshah Devarim: A Tree of Life

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Black fire dancing on smoldering white. Ancient tree of life abundant with fruit. An open door towards twisting rabbit holes and worlds unseen. Our Torah is received as such different ideas by so many. It is sometimes a trusty sidekick, a steadfast friend, or a comforting partner when life gets a little squirrely. It’s acted […]