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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]