Tisha b’Av, A Holy Day of Sadness

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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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Join Rabbi Patrick + PunkTorah Community @ LimmudFest 2014

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I hope you will join me at Limmudfest, this Labor Day weekend (August 29th-September 1st) at Ramah Darom in Clayton, GA. LimmudFest is like a Shabbaton meets summer camp for all ages. A multi-day retreat organized by a community of volunteers: … [Continue reading]

The Jewish Encounter: Jewish Learning In Atlanta (sponsored post)

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Rabbi Mitch Cohen at Darshan Yeshiva (along with Dr. Steve Chervin), are leading a terrific series of Judaism classes in Atlanta! JE 101 is a 20-week introduction to Judaism class for Jews and non-Jews, couples and singles, who are interested in … [Continue reading]