Category Archives: Holidays

Temporary Shelter

Twice a year the Jewish calendar offers the invitation and challenge to see the world differently.  During Pesah, everything that was kosher the day before is no longer kosher.  Six months later, during Sukkot, the temporary becomes permanent. For seven … Continue reading

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The Pot Becomes the Potter

We are like clay in designer’s hand, As he wills—to contract, as he wills—to expand, So are we in your hand to lovingly define, Look past our designs keep the covenant in mind. An anonymous prayer poet shaped Jeremiah’s image … Continue reading

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More Than Repentance

Teshuvah means more than “repentance.”    “Repentance” asks me to say that I am sorry, once again.  Teshuvah turns on the Hebrew verb that means “turn” or “return.”  The act of Teshuvah holds the possibility of creative, reflective, purposeful turning—both turning … Continue reading

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The Lord Is Your Shadow

Here is a paraphrased teaching of the Sefat Emet from Sukkot 5650/1889: The holy Zohar calls the Sukkah, “the shadow of the Faithful One,” a term that can be explained in this way: that holiness is the shadow cast in … Continue reading

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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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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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