A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

“If a corpse be found…”

Chapter 21 of Deuteronomy (Shoftim: Deut 16:18-21:9) tells the Israelites what to do, upon entering the land, “if a corpse be found..the identity of the slayer not being known.” This … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Prayers, Advocacy, and #RippleEffect

Continuing the discussion, at “If a corpse be found…”, about the need for new approaches to meeting our communal responsibilities. Some possible responses to the trauma and tragedy of multiple … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Morning: Blessing, with Echo of Gunshots

How lovely are these tents! not far from housing that has seen better days and housing that has seen too many awful ones. I love the place of Your house, … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Prayer Warm-up: From Self to Community

Part of the early morning warm-up for prayers — along with awareness of our blessings and awakening body, soul, and mind — is moving from what Mishkan T’filah [Reform prayerbook] … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Prayer in the Midst of Bullets and Bombs

Decades ago, Yehuda Amichai wrote about the diameter of a bomb — thirty centimeters, with circles of pain outward from its center. (English here). Similarly, every bullet leaves pain in … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 1 Comment
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