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Blessing My Bended Knees-A Poem

Blessing My Bended Knees-A Poem

This past week, I participated in a Ritualwell class with Alden Solovy on “Writing From One Word of Torah.” I distilled 3 stream-of-consciousness prompts on the word “Baruch/Berekh,” the root of which can mean “blessing’ and “knee, into this poem.

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The Eshet Hayil In Our Lives

The Eshet Hayil In Our Lives

An email from My Jewish Learning about “A Woman of Valor” prompted me to pivot the next evening’s planned adult learning session to looking at these 22 verses from Mishlei, the Book of Proverbs. These verses comprise a song called Eshet Chayil…

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Live Long and Prosper?

Live Long and Prosper?

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Korha has a point; at what point does life become wearying? When does the joy go out of our lives, and when does a long life become a too-long life? Or from the perspective of a younger person, like Rabbi Yehuda haNasi, has the elder become irrelevant?

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Yom Kippur: Hope, Despair And A Shining Sun
Yom Kippur: Hope, Despair And A Shining Sun

Yom Kippur 5783 Like many of the quotes and poems that make their way into use, a poem attributed to an anonymous person in a concentration camp, or in hiding, became somewhat of an urban legend, and has often been taken out of context, as well as not accurately...

Kindness

Kol Nidre, 5783 On Rosh Hashanah, we began our prayers in the hopes of moving God, the Holy Blessed One, from kisei din, the throne or seat of judgment, to kisei rachamim, the throne or seat of compassion. Ten days later, here we are at the eve of Yom Kippur,...

Shema: Listening, Hearing and the Shofar

Rosh Hashanah 5783, Day 2 The word, “Shema.” What do you think of when you hear it? Usually, we think of “The Shema” as the verses we chant or sing from the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy, and in that context, it’s a bold theological statement. It is an idea which goes...

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Naso, The Blessings of Living and Giving: Y’varechecha as a Guide
Naso, The Blessings of Living and Giving: Y’varechecha as a Guide

Naso, The Blessings of Living and Giving: Y’varechecha as a Guide Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray Hearing my father, Cantor Theodore Katchko of blessed memory, sing the Y'varechecha, the Priestly Blessing at the end of every Friday evening service, began my love affair...

The Final Chapter: What Moses can Teach Us about End of Life
The Final Chapter: What Moses can Teach Us about End of Life

Photo: Rabbi Susan Elkodsi, The Peak of Mt. Philo, VT The Final Chapter: What Moses can Teach Us about End of Life Dr. Ellen S. Cohn As a young adult, I reveled in Existentialism, a philosophy that expressed my new-found independence and self-determination. I gave...

Ha’Azinu: Poetry, Prose and Passing Time
Ha’Azinu: Poetry, Prose and Passing Time

Photo Credit: flickr.com/photos/mricon/8922711 Ha'Azinu: Poetry, Prose and Passing Time Rabbi Stephen Axinn Governor Mario Cuomo of New York once quipped that “we campaign in poetry but govern in prose.” However, for Moses, that adage worked in reverse. How so? When...

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Blessing My Bended Knees-A Poem
Blessing My Bended Knees-A Poem

This past week, I participated in a Ritualwell class with Alden Solovy on "Writing From One Word of Torah." I distilled 3 stream-of-consciousness prompts on the word "Baruch/Berekh," the root of which can mean "blessing' and "knee, into this poem. Blessing my bended...

The Eshet Hayil In Our Lives
The Eshet Hayil In Our Lives

Photo: publicdomainpictures.net The Eshet Hayil In Our Lives An email from My Jewish Learning about “A Woman of Valor” prompted me to pivot the next evening’s planned adult learning session to looking at these 22 verses from Mishlei, the Book of Proverbs. These verses...

Live Long and Prosper?
Live Long and Prosper?

By Oklahoma Heritage Association, Gaylord-Pickens Museum - Author, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25656727 Live Long and Prosper? January 5, 2022 began the third year of the seven and a half-year cycle of Daf Yomi, the practice of...

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