I stand in front of the Ark every single week, most weeks twice a week. I do not take it lightly. There is a sanctity to that location, an invitation, a feeling that prayers perhaps can be heard more completely in that moment. And yet, I often find the moment passing me by. I know … Continue reading What is the Redemption You Seek?
I’ve always loved superhero movies. As I matured as a Jew, I was delighted to learn how strong Jewish influence has been on this genre, from the golem to Superman and Spiderman. Jews and Jewish legends are part of the lifeblood of this popular form, and our ethics pervade it through and through. I got … Continue reading Hope – the Jewish superpower
We were fortunate this week to have Rabbi Naomi Levy as our scholar in residence. Among some wonderful sessions, she challenged us to bring meaning into our prayer lives. She read us a few prayers she has written, including one on the occasion of adopting a child, and another for lighting a shiva candle. She … Continue reading A Prayer for Busyness
From where does the spirit emerge? We live in an age so invested in scientific endeavor that we risk losing sight of the meaning of our lives. The stories that we tell and the narratives in which we live determine who we are far more than biology or DNA. For example, we retell the Passover … Continue reading Naomi Levy
As Passover draws near, it is time to get our homes and kitchens ready for this special Holiday. One of the most preparation intensive Holy Days on the Jewish calendar, Passover is meaningful because it is hard work. We are specifically commanded in the Torah to neither eat leavened products, called hametz, nor to possess … Continue reading A Guide for the Passover Perplexed