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 […]

Parshah Mas’ei: The Stories We Tell

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Finally, the indefatigable Israelites find themselves on the cusp of homecoming. They have survived 40 years of wandering towards a pledged and elusive future. Not quite lost, but lacking a fixed and known trajectory. They have endured innumerable deaths. Countless births. Love burst into life again and again, and hearts were torn to pieces. Alliances […]

Three Weeks of…well…The Three Weeks!

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Want to know more about the Three weeks and Tisha B’Av? Then you have come to the right place… First, we have a very academic video narrated by Rachel Esther on the holidays. Did you know that listening to music is generally forbidden during this time? Check out a cool post about someone who disagrees […]

Parshah Matot: When Commitment Means Breaking Vows

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Trigger warning: this post contains important, personal references to eating disorders. If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, please visit the National Eating Disorders Association for information and referrals. There are times when I sense within me a power of greater magnitude than any in this world. I feel grounded […]

Parshah Pinchas: Your Own Personal Matriarch

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Five women approached the Tent of Meeting. Heads covered, they walked in sync, their gaits swift and assured. The chiefs had assembled earlier that day, along with the Levites and priests. Some recognized the women as sisters. More than a few failed to mask their surprise. Women did not typically make unexpected visits, particularly without […]