Has Anyone Seen My Kavanah?

Prayerful Heart

Okay, here’s the thing: while I typically possess the organizational skills of an ant with OCD, over this past year my every attempt at organization has been confounded. I believe that this is due, in large part, to my lifestyle becoming increasingly nomadic; and my resistance to this. In an effort to both conserve space […]

No Blood No bones: why for me, vegetarianism is the best way to keep kosher

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  I am writing this a week after accidently consuming a vegetarian stir-fry that mistakenly had oyster sauce in it. As a result of this I became ill over the next few days as my body tried to rid itself of the foreign body it had encountered, the less said about that the better. Let […]

Tisha b’Av, A Holy Day of Sadness

A Jewish worshipper prays at the Western Wall during prayers marking Tisha B'Av, in Jerusalem

Tish b’Av, a holy day of sadness, commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, a day when we read the Book of Lamentations and on which many fast. Is there any benefit to living in the past, focusing on tragedy? Or can we perhaps learn a lesson from tragedy? Rabbi Michael Bernstein of […]

The Parshah Pinchas Feminist Dvar Torah Roundup Spectacular

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No way around it, Parshah Pinchas is about the power of women to stand together in solidarity: and how God is completely cool with that. So in honor of that spirit, we bring you a boat load of dvrei Torah on the awesomeness of community and bucking tradition…for the sake of tradition! A Spear, A […]

What Girl Talk’s Mashups and the Bible Have In Common (Parshah Balak)

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In case you’re not the clubbing type, Girl Talk is an electro-mashup artist who’s quasi-illegal music takes samples from other people’s music and fuses it together with other samples, creating new and original art. An opening song from a Girl Talk set may include samples as far reaching as Black Sabbath, mixed with a hip […]