Parshah Lech Lecha: Secret Sisterhood

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In legal terms, divorce is fairly straight-forward – a strict delineation of names, assets, and debts. But in practice and process, it is far less tidy. Several years ago, the end of my own marriage proved a severe and bottomless shattering. Suddenly, I discovered myself spun glass as I split into shards again and again. […]

A D’var Torah For Halloween

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. And although I stopped dressing up (and for the most part, going out) on Halloween, I still get a thrill out of carving a pumpkin and laughing at the ridiculous oversexed costumes that are on the market these days. So what does Halloween have to do with Judaism? […]

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 […]