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 […]

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 […]