Ebbing and Flowing – Parsha Vayigash

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayigash (“and he approached”), the dramatic story of Joseph comes to its conclusion when he reveals himself to his brothers after accusing Benjamin of stealing from him and demanding he stay as Joseph’s slave. In this parsha, Joseph says to his ashamed brothers that while they intended to do evil […]

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Monday Morning Poem

For You by Lawrence Raab FOR JUDY I don’t want to say anything about how dark it is right now, how quiet. Those yellow lanterns among the trees, cars on the road beyond the forest, I have nothing to say about them. And there’s half a moon as well that I don’t want to talk […]

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Chanukah Blog Roundup

From the JMC Archives: Chanukah – 5771 – 8 days of practice by Yael Levy Honoring Two Sides of the Same Moon with Faith by Brian Kaye Come Light the Menorah… by Alison Laichter JMC’s Getting in the Mood… for ChanukahWritingMeditation From around the web: Defining Hanukkah:  Spiritual vs Political  Seeking inner light at the darkest time of the year G–dcast does Chanukah! Bake Off Tablet reviews Hanukkah recipe books Hanukkah and the Olive Harvest The holiday’s secret “roots” as a harvest festival.  […]

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Honoring Two Sides of the Same Moon with Faith

As the moon arcs its cycle from new moon to full moon, we can notice our own cycles of darkness and light.  The moon has guided our ancestors in the planting, sowing and reaping of their crops and we can be inspired to observe and honor the same cycles which connect us to the natural […]

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Monday Morning Poem

The Distant by Yannis Ritsos translated by Edmund Keeley O distant, distant; deep unapproachable; receive always the silent ones in their absence, in the absence of the others when the danger from the near ones, from the near itself, burdens during nights of promise, with many colored lights in the gardens, when the half-closed eyes […]

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Dreams, Destinies, and Divinity – Parsha Vayeshev

This week’s Torah parsha, Vayeshev, is about Joseph and Tamar, two seemingly very different people. Joseph is the favored child, the one with the dreams and the fantastic coat, and his brothers throw him into a pit. This story is interrupted by the travails of Tamar. She’s widowed twice, seduces her father-in-law, and bears children […]

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Monday Morning Poem

News Every Day by William Stafford Birds don’t say it just once. If they like it they say it again. And again, every morning. I heard a bird congratulating itself all day for being a jay. Nobody cared. But it was glad all over again, and said so, again. Many people are fighting each other, […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Being a Person by William Stafford Be a person here.  Stand by the river, invoke the owls.  Invoke winter, then spring. Let any season that wants to come here make its own call.  After that sound goes away, wait. A slow bubble rises through the earth and begins to include sky, stars, all space, even […]

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Parsha Va’yeitzi – Resting on a Stone

In this week’s parsha, Jacob leaves his hometown of Beer Sheva. He has just received a blessing that was intended for his brother Esau by impersonating him and deceiving their father. Jacob must forever leave behind everything and everyone familiar to him. The story of Jacob is not a simple story of struggle and salvation. […]

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Monday Morning Poem

The Red Poppy by Louise Glück The great thing is not having a mind. Feelings: oh, I have those; they govern me. I have a lord in heaven called the sun, and open for him, showing him the fire of my own heart, fire like his presence. What could such glory be if not a […]

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