The Torah portion Toldot (Gen. 25:19 – 28:9) illustrates the struggles of nations and individuals. We are simultaneously the inheritors of this mess and the participants – all of them – in the heart-breaking. So, I want to look at the sad state we’re in and see if we can find a way through by […]

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 a pure heart within me let my soul wake up in Your light. Open me to Your Presence; flood me […]

Jill K. Berry says the heart map project in her Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking was inspired by cordiform maps of the 16th Century and later. (See “Covenant and Liturgy” as well as subsequent posts.) a tiny bit of background — In most common maps meridians, lines of longitude, are straight. When meridians are […]

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 relevant questions and gives appropriate answers; deals with first things first, and last things last; about something he has not […]

“Pursuing Racial Justice: The Jewish Underpinnings of Anti-Racism Work,” held recently at Adas Israel (DC) and featuring Yavilah McCoy of Visions-Inc and Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block of Bend the Arc, offered many insights and challenges. I plan to share some of what I gained in readable portions over the course of the next few days. I […]