Category: Ethics

Babylon: Entangled and Free

Can the larger Jewish narrative, of being entangled and free and entangled again, help us find a way out of the thicket?

Babylon: Babel’s (Distant) Background

Exploring Babylon: Chapter 3.1 The Hebrew “Bavel” is translated into English as “Babel” in Genesis and as “Babylon” when it appears elsewhere in the Tanakh. Bavel as Babel shows up in a total of two […]

God’s Presence Accompanied Them

It is way too easy to let “God is with the oppressed” console the already comfortable while leaving the afflicted with their travails. As the new year…

Sukkot and Babylon

Many centuries of prayers linked the fragility of Sukkot with exile.

Word- and Picture-Power

This season reminds us – even if we didn’t have recent events screaming reminders at us – that words, and related mind-pictures have tremendous power.

Malcolm X and The Power of Small Things

“The fame we get from fighting for the freedom of others creates a prison for us”…

Map Your Heart Out: A Few Sources

Here, as promised a few days back, are some of the sources that I included in my prayer “heart map”…. Overall structure is formed by two lines from this kavanah [intention] for the Amidah: Create […]

Wise Traits

Ancient Jewish thought recognized seven traits of a wise person: A sage does not speak before one who is wiser* than he; does not interrupt the words of his fellow; does not answer impetuously; asks […]

Facing Race. We’ve Seen This

The “Facing Race” conference concludes on November 12. For those reading early in the day, there’s still time to participate via LiveStream. For those checking in later, there’s useful information at this conference link. Calls […]

message to the Hebrew

Sandwiched in a Torah portion packed with narrative is “the war of the kings” with Lot’s capture and rescue (Gen. 14). It begins, really, with Abraham and his nephew Lot separating to avoid quarrel over […]