Counting the Omer and Transformation

When thinking about the messages I wanted to share on the financial picture of the JMC, I was constantly drawn back to how well this conversation fits with the Jewish calendar. We are in the counting of the Omer, the liminal space between Passover and Shavuot. Our tradition for this time was an agrarian ritual […]

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Chanukah – 5771 – 8 days of practice

Make for me a holy place that I might dwell within you, that I might dwell among you.  shemot 25:8 Chanukah — A time to for us to remember ourselves as the Mishkan, the dwelling place of the Divine Presence. To remember that all of us are sacred vessels, formed and shaped as we are so our […]

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Radical Redux

I’m no big deal writer or anything, but listening to Norman Fischer and Charles Bernstein at last night’s “Radical Poetics and Judaism” event talking about how Judaism informs (or doesn’t) writing, I began to consider where religion touches my work. Is my writing Jewish just because I am? What if I never write about Judaism […]

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Refocusing with the Omer

For many people who work in social change, myself included, it can be a struggle to balance the self confidence that can drive us to work for change in the world and to put forward big and bold ideas, with the danger of having achievement and ambition become ends in and of themselves. We act […]

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Zissen Pesach/Gut Yontif/Chag Sameach/Happy Passover!

This year, my reflections on Pesach took me back to some learning I did last year, with Rabbi David Silber at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. A piece of his analysis of the biblical text inspired me to prepare a class on this topic last Shavuot; over the course of the past year, the […]

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Between Chametz and Matzah

It is the morning before Passover and I stand in the rain watching so much go up in smoke. The time for chametz is over and the time for matzah slowly approaches, I am somewhere in between. We are about to celebrate the Jewish festival of freedom, our springtime celebration of renewal and rebirth. We […]

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Taking Up Space

It can be hard to realize what space each of us takes up. We live in finite spaces, grow accustomed to the shape of our clothes on our bodies, the way we fill a chair, how we sleep (with a cat curled into the side of my face, and one arm under the pillow, fingers […]

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Attachment: Jewish Style

Some time ago, I posted a review of Rodger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus on Amazon. The book, a favorite among Jewish meditators, is partly about a Jewish delegation’s visit to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. The delegation traveled there to share the strategies that Jews have used to survive as a people […]

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Writing and Meditation

I believed that I was new to meditation when I attended the JMC beginner sit in January. I’d never concentrated on my breath, never sat with a group, never worked to quiet my mind. But the more I think about meditation, how easy it felt, how natural, the more I realize that I’m meditating every […]

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The Turn of the Year — From Ending to Beginning

New Year’s Eve has always been an overwhelming occasion for me. The emphasis, it seems, is on the exact moment of transition. We sit glued to the television, watching the ball drop in Times Square, counting 10, 9, 8… Those last few seconds are both eternal and all too short. Will the ball make it […]

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