Sukkot: Rejoicing in Vulnerability?

This year, as Sukkot rolls around, I’m thinking a lot about what it means to rejoice in our vulnerability.  After all, we are commanded to rejoice on Sukkot (Leviticus 23:40)—as we spend time in temporary shelters that may make us feel scared and insecure rather than joyful. This question takes on particular significance for those […]

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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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