November 16, 2018

Alicia Jo Rabins

To turn the page in a book All you need is one hand, A motion like a tiny rainbow.
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke, for the LORD had come down upon it in fire; the smoke rose like the smoke of a kiln, and the...
When the sandbox is overturned And the cucumber shoots are heavy with tiny crystals I chant summer summer summer And walk upstairs
This cabin in the mountains is exactly halfway between the Zen monastery and the shooting range. Sometimes I hear the echoing pop of a...
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 Each of us must learn How to look at a stranger And see the beloved. In every generation Each of us must...
Out in the world, we humans build palatial, splendid places of worship. Notre Dame, the Dome of the Rock, the Abuhav Synagogue in Tzfat;
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 brief...
The wild fluctuations in the stock market last week, and Americans’ fear response, has me thinking about our spiritual relationship...
In American pop culture, the words “bar mitzvah” don’t exactly prompt religious awe. Instead, a cocktail of humor, pathos, anxiety and...
It happened by accident. Late one night, after scrolling through dozens of inspiring photos of friends running in the New York City Marathon,
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 appropriate
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 would have hidden...
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 far from the...
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.