Recent Posts

  • Teraphim and Elohim, Calvin & Hobbes
    Maybe, the switch of vocabulary indicates that Rachel relates to the teraphim differently than her (male) kin folk
  • Sources, Paths, Prayers and More Notes in the Weekly Portion
    New landing page for sources on the weekly portion.
  • “One of Me” and Genesis 2
    Can we serve as ezer k’negdo [help-meet] for one another? Might Elton John and Lil Nas X be an example of this?
  • Singing and Praying about Enemies
    Musical context is shifting my perspective on “enemies” and “wicked ones” in the psalms.
  • Miriam, Amalek, Memory, and Mouths
    How much do we lose, and what do we gain, when we forget to remember why we chose to remember or forget? What must remembered with our mouths and with our hearts?
  • Remedy of the Bima?
    What is our responsibility, individually and collectively, for what is taught — or not — in our synagogues about reparations?
  • Or Olam: the light ahead and within
    Seeking pieces of liturgy and other resources for uplift, as we try to move from the depths of Av to the new year, “Eternal Light”….
  • Hallelu Avdei Adonai
    A captioned/subtitled video of “Hallelu Avdei Adonai,” from Kaplan & Ziegler’s “Tuning the Soul.”
  • Source of Light, Life
    Verses of Psalm 36, 8-11, appear in many prayer books in association with blessing and putting on the tallit. Here is a melody for verse 10.
  • Whence Comes Help: After Tisha B’av
    Psalm 121 speaks to a moment like ours, with Tisha B’av behind us, but so many disasters and reasons to mourn around us.
  • Eicha for my city and others, 5781
    Alas! How lonely sits the city Once great with joyful people! New horrors fill horizons now while old pain never left Each new loss diminishes the streets themselves bereft Bitterly we weep all night cheeks wet with tears unseen If we are to join together, we must widen this choir of woe When some cries … Continue reading Eicha for my city and others, 5781
  • Reparations Background
    Some resources about reparations, from Jewish and non-Jewish or more general sources.
  • Remembering and Reckoning
    “Until That Day: What Are We?” A first draft (4/17/21) of a poem in response to one associated with Israeli Memorial Day.
  • If one is unprotected: a prayer for DC and beyond
    We are never truly safe, if one is unprotected. Amid sources of division, keep us mindful of interconnectedness, collective responsibility and strength.
  • Psalms for Contemplation
    Excited to share news of Psalms for Contemplation, selections translated by Max Ticktin (z”l).
  • Doubled Sacred Space
    Conflict around sacred visions of public space are unfolding today in the U.S. capital.
  • Resources for Neighbors Together
    Tools for Anti-Racism — PDFs for “Neighbors Together in Faith and Justice” anyone is welcome to these, but they’re meant for this program.
  • Rambam, Octavia Butler, and Atonement
    “Letter from Octavia Butler to Rabbi Moses Maimonides” with some Yom Kippur notes.
  • Dear Jews Who Say Black Lives Matter
    We add to our sins if we do not mention the name, Deon Kay, and commit to seeking better conditions as 5781 begins.
  • About that stolen beam…
    Trying to learn a few lines of Jewish text, about a “stolen beam,” raises some questions about ownership and displacement.

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