Monthly Archives: August 2010

To Pray with the Transgressors

We grant permission to pray with the transgressors. So ends the prologue to Kol Nidre.  How pompous and unwelcoming, how divisive and polarizing this sounds: “We, the court, permit all of the pure faithful to pray in the company of … Continue reading

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Elijah, May He Be Remembered for Good

In the religious imagination of the Rabbis, Elijah, the prophet, appears as a traveler, a warrior, a beggar, an Arab merchant, a prostitute, a sage.  He oftentimes appears in the doorway (as during the Passover Seder), at the mouth of … Continue reading

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The World is Filled with Remembering and Forgetting

In the world of the Bible, memory is prized.  There are many commands to “remember,” and some, “not to forget” along with the resigned admission that you likely will forget.  The need to remember and remind is a theme that … Continue reading

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The Poet’s Response

What follows is a further conversation (see blog of Aug. 17) between the Israeli poet, Rivka Miriam, concerning a poem studied at Sicha Shabbaton: Rivka, I want to share a bit more response of the Sicha Shabbaton community to your … Continue reading

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Conversing with the Poet

What follows is the beginning of a conversation between myself and Rivka Miriam, a wonderful poet who lives in Jerusalem.  One of Rivka’s poems (click here for poem) made a moving contribution to the theme of the recent Sicha Shabbaton … Continue reading

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A God By Any Other Name

What is the power that resides in a name? Is it true that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet? Why do I gain power over you if I discover that your name is ‘Rumpelstiltskin,’? The ancient … Continue reading

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Conversation of Sages and Singers

Modern Hebrew poets and ancient sages could have rich conversations on their shared themes.  They weave on a common loom warped with an ancient language and a legacy of images.  Sages and singers have much to say to one another … Continue reading

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