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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Alicia Jo Rabins

28 ARTICLES

How We Quickly Become Accustomed

At first I thought, this can’t be happening. Now I make cookies and more cookies And teach myself to quilt from YouTube videos. I’m terrible at it...

Accidental Monks

Sometimes I am glad to retreat from the world Sometimes I can’t bear my longing for it Sometimes I am certain I’ve grown wiser Sometimes I know...

On Not Observing Purim This Year

Sorry, Rabbis of the Talmud, I didn’t dress up in a costume Like I was supposed to, Didn’t get so drunk I couldn’t differentiate bless and curse Like you said we should, Didn’t...

Poem: In Praise of Shabbat Nachos

Not naches, Yiddish for the pride you have when your kid ties his shoes for the first time or stays sober for a year — but...

Every Human Face Is a Menorah

Two ears, two eyes, nose and mouth: the seven gates through which we perceive the world are also seven flames by which we illuminate it, like the seven-branched lamp which stood...

A Passover Story

The men were too tired for love, Or maybe they were ashamed of their longing, Dirty as they were with work they hated And other men’s contempt. Safer...

Netflix Show ‘Russian Doll’ as a Manual for Spiritual Growth

This article contains spoilers from the Netflix series “Russian Doll.” The new Netflix series “Russian Doll” is so splendidly Jewish. The eight 30-minute episodes in Season...

Dancing with the scroll

To turn the page in a book All you need is one hand, A motion like a tiny rainbow. On a screen, kal v’chomer, A single finger-swipe Will suffice. But...

Atonement

When I first learned how to recite The confessional prayers — Head bowed slightly, tight hand In a fist against my heart With each whispered word — I was relieved. Here, I thought, Is...

An Ode to the Moon

While waiting for my 6-year-old daughter’s annual checkup at the pediatrician’s office, as she happily twirled on the red and blue spinning chairs in...

Law of Physics

Do you remember when we were young? Already we thought ahead to the time When we would be our middle-aged selves, Writing these exact odes to the...

The Torah of Time

A famous rabbinic principle of interpretation holds, “There is no such thing as early or late in the Torah.”  At first glance, this is rather...

Revelation

Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke, for the LORD had come down upon it in fire; the smoke rose like the smoke of...

Mother’s Day

When the sandbox is overturned And the cucumber shoots are heavy with tiny crystals I chant summer summer summer And walk upstairs This is how it is now: I...

Between the Zen Monastery and the Shooting Range

This cabin in the mountains is exactly halfway between the Zen monastery and the shooting range. Sometimes I hear the echoing pop of a gun going off, and sometimes I hear the...

Telling Time in the Wilderness

We often have tunnel vision when we’re in a difficult place. “I just need to get through this,” we say. And it’s true —...

In Every Generation

In every generation Each of us must learn How to look at a stranger And see the beloved. In every generation Each of us must find The invisible security gate Guarding...

In Praise of Airport Chapels

Out in the world, we humans build palatial, splendid places of worship. Notre Dame, the Dome of the Rock, the Abuhav Synagogue in Tzfat;...

Thoughts On Diaspora

What does it mean to be home, and not home, at the same time? I’ve been thinking about the idea of diaspora ever since I...

Badass Queen of Purim

How do I love Vashti? Let me count the ways. In case you aren’t familiar with this woman of the Bible, Vashti makes only a...

Mystical Teachings From the Stock Market

The wild fluctuations in the stock market last week, and Americans’ fear response, has me thinking about our spiritual relationship to change. I know it’s...

Loving B’nai Mitzvahs

In American pop culture, the words “bar mitzvah” don’t exactly prompt religious awe. Instead, a cocktail of humor, pathos, anxiety and cost comes to...

Can Running Be a Jewish Practice?

It happened by accident. Late one night, after scrolling through dozens of inspiring photos of friends running in the New York City Marathon, I...

Ancient Heroine Lights the Way for Our Time

For centuries, Jewish women across the world have told the story of Judith during Hanukkah season. In this cultural moment, it could not be more...

Prophets of Eros

As a Jewish girl growing up in a non-Jewish suburb, I often wondered, while reading “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which of our neighbors...

Why I’m Not a Rabbi

I never thought I’d find myself in the position of deciding whether or not to be a rabbi. After all, I came from a...

What the Movie ‘Titanic’ Taught Me About God

As Tolstoy might have observed, every secular Jewish family is secular in its own way. When I was a baby, my parents chose to settle...

The Sukkah as Spiritual Medicine

Can you say you love your body? I wish I could. I’m embarrassed not to love this vessel that has served me so well.  After all,...

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