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 […]

Eat, Pray, Eat (Parshah Ki Tavo)

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I’m psyched about Rosh Hashanah. I’m supposed to say that for spiritual reasons. But really, I like apples and honey. This week’s Torah portion is about fruit. The first fruit, in fact. We’re supposed to give that up as a sacrifice to G-d. And, surprise, G-d will bless us. Kinda anti-climactic, but not every part […]

Sex Saturates Our Torah: Parshah Ki Tetzei

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Sex saturates our Torah. So many of the stories central to our tradition thrive on sexuality, sensuality and straight eroticism. Entirely of her own volition, Sarah gives her handmaid, Hagar, to her husband for purposes of procreation. Lot’s daughters get their father drunk and seduce him. Onan resorts to the withdrawal method to avoid the […]

Parshah Shof’tim: Street Harassment and the Spoil of War

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“Damn, girl.” “Look at that booty.” “Mmmhmm…Straight fine. What are you, shy?” Steps from my door, two men lounging by the pool volleyed comments in my direction. As I fumbled for my keys, I was careful not to glance their way. Silently, and with what I hoped was something akin to fierce and impervious swagger, […]

Parshah Re’eh: Awakening to Destruction

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Parshah Re’eh is brutal. Many of the words are ones of enmity and condemnation, commanding actions of phenomenal atrocity. It is a parshah of dictatorial wrath and vengeance. Death and destruction prevail. “…Put the inhabitants of that town to the sword and put its cattle to the sword. Doom it and all that is in […]