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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Rejoicing in our broken houses

I’ve just come to the end of Rabbi Alan Lew’s “This is Real and Your Are Completely Unprepared.” The book takes the reader from Tisha B’Av through Sukkot on a beautiful, spiritual journey that deepens the significance of each day of this period.  According to Rabbi Lew, Sukkot ends this period on a triumphant note: […]

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Tisha B’Av and the Rubble of Loneliness

I wanted to write a blog about Jewish meditation and dating. As I got deeper into it, I realized that what I really wanted to write about was loneliness and fear – the two elements of dating that suck any semblance of fun out of the experience and produce an enormous amount of suffering and […]

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My Meditation Beginning

Now that we’ve started the JMC, a lot of people have been asking a lot of questions about meditation, which is great. We included a quick summary of how we define Jewish meditation on the site, Yael wrote a brilliant post about the reasons for meditation, and I’ve been answering the questions in conversations with […]

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