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 […]

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 […]

Parsha V’zot HaB’rakhah: Rejoicing in the Torah

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All relationships end. We move through life in a whirl of hellos and goodbyes. Some are welcomed with enthusiasm, others quietly grieved. Not all are of our own volition or within our control, and we don’t always get second chances when we most wish we would. Connections may remain one dimensional, or flow through numerous […]

Parshah Ha’azinu: On Sunflower Sutras and the Heart of Our Torah

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When we think of Moses, our focus tends towards ideals like prophet and teacher, evoking the image of Charlton Heston parting a Technicolor Red Sea. In references to Moshe Rabbeinu poetry typically plays no part, and the vision of a righteous spoken word performance artist is generally reserved for Elijah or Isaiah. Yet, in this […]

Every Day Is A Choice (Parsha Nitzavim and Vayeilech)

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Silence and solitude mark my mornings. Slipping from beneath the sheets into a dark room, I turn the lights low and put the coffee maker to percolating. I measure out oatmeal and stir it slowly on the stove. I sit in community with my thoughts and ground myself in the quiet, solid force of my […]