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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The gift of being “bad”

As I have mentioned in some of the sits, I’ve always struggled with some of the traditional ways T’shuva and repentance were taught to me – the guilt-inducing, chest-beating, “I’ve-been-so-bad-but-next-year-I-will-be-better” variety. As a kid during the High Holidays, I was racked with guilt about how “bad” I was, and how badly I wanted to be […]

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Guest Blog: Norman Fischer on Jewish Meditation

I am looking forward to my visit next week at Isabella Freedman (IF) where I’ll be giving a course and practicing meditation and davenning with everyone. This was to have been Rabbi Lew’s course, but Lee Moore at IF asked me if I would fill in for him and of course I was happy to. […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Psalm 150, from Zoketsu Norman Fischer’s Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms: Praise to you in your holiness Praise throughout your expansive realm Praise for the power of your doing For your abundance and everywhereness All praise Praise with the blowing of trumpets Praise with the psaltery and harp Praise with timbrel and […]

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