Category: Ethics

Jacob’s Dream and What’s Ours

Jacob’s Dream and the holiday of Thanksgiving call us to carefully examine what is “ours” and how we view its rightful distribution.

Babylon, Taxes, and Thanksgiving

U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and the economics of “Black Friday” make this a good time to consider what Judaism demands in terms of taxes and justice.

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 […]