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Sunday, July 12, 2020

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Pinchas

It’s always nice to see a project through to the end. Especially one you’ve been working on for forty years, a lifetime really, though back then...

600,000 Followers is Pretty Good

These are those counted of the children of Israel: six hundred and one thousand and seven hundred and thirty As far as numbers go, that’s pretty...

Yelling at Rebels – a poem for Torah portion Chukat-Balak

Now listen, you rebels, can we draw water for you from this rock? Moses…not known for his witty banter not one to give the troops a hard...

Building the Beloved Community: A Prayer

Holy One, we quiver when we consider how long you’ve taught us to love one another, to have one law that governs us all, one standard of...

Donkeys Lead to More Donkeys – a poem for Torah Portion Korach

I have not taken a donkey from a single one of them Back in the day donkeys were like pennies. And if you’re reading this in the...

Kaddish for Black Lives

This original message was published Friday, June 19 by the Jewish Multiracial Network. It has been republished with permission. This Friday night Shabbat coincides with Juneteenth, the...

Poem: Sh’lach

Just out of Egypt for a year or so and we already have a system of espionage. Spies! Sent to the promised land. An advance party...

Reasons to Stay at Home – a poem for Torah Portion Sh’lach

There we saw the giants…In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes. When opening the front door feels the same as...

Poetry: Behaalotecha

We’ve been in the shadow of this mountain for almost a year. And now, with specific instructions (our history is never detailed without specific instructions) we...

The Torah Says I Should Retire Early – a poem for Behaalotecha

From the age of fifty he shall retire from the work legion, and do no more work. I don’t want to give away my age because then...

The Rashi Button – a poem for Torah Portion Nasso

All the numbers…who are fit to perform the service for the service I found a musical secret in the Torah thanks to clicking the Rashi button. The service...

A Prayer for America on May 30, 2020

May Our Tears Remind us of Our Collective Humanity; May Our Call for Justice be Reflected through Our Actions May We Pray not only Through our Feet but Through Our Hearts; May We See...

A Psalm for Cities on Fire

It’s time for action; we’re way past time of debate.

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...

I Was at Sinai – A Shavuot Poem

I was at Sinai I remember what I was wearing what the ground felt like who was standing next to me the looks on everyone’s face when Moses came...

Everybody Counts – a poem for Torah Portion Bamidbar

This was the children… the firstborn of Israel, …all who were fit to go out to the army. It’s a census year and I’ve already...

The Shavuot Model of Judaism

You almost want to feel bad for Shavuot. It has none of the ceremony of Passover or the glow of Sukkot. It lacks the...

Driving

Like many new parents, getting your child to fall asleep is especially challenging. Also, like many new parents, my wife and I had a “eureka” moment...

Out of Egypt With Grace

We get the news the anxiety and science the stats and predictions much of it each one of us and on our own in our present solitude and social isolation What...

We Own Nothing – a Poem for Torah Portion Behar-Bechukotai

The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to Me, for you are strangers and residents with Me. They say it’s a...

Behar

If you were the earth out of which everyone’s food grew animal and human alike you would need a rest too. You need a rest too. Take one. Not...

A Prayer for a Funeral From Afar During this Pandemic

It breaks my heart To lay you to rest this way From a distance Without the sendoff you deserve. No touch, no kiss, no loving crowd in attendance. But...

The Curse of Long Eyebrows – a poem for Torah portion Emor

For any man who has a defect should not approach Behold the defects which prohibit you from dwelling in the Lord’s presence. (I use the word Lord...

Why We Count the Days in the Worst of Times

The Omer count is up to 25 days as I’m writing this, and for the first time I’ve tallied each one. Remembering to count...

Satyrs are Real and other Haiku

And he shall effect atonement upon the Holy of Holies No-one wants to think about Yom Kippur in the middle of a plague. Azazel - fallen angel – We’re...

Acharei Mot

It’s amazing we invented the concept of the scapegoat, only to have it used against us during the second war to end all wars. And one can’t...

Seven Day Quarantines Were So Quaint – a poem for Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

the kohen shall quarantine him for seven days. I’ve been at home for five weeks mostly sitting in this same office chair. My exercise consists of long...

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...

Why Bameh Madlikin, the Unsung Hero of Our Liturgy, Matters Now More Than Ever

The most essential question contained in Jewish liturgy is not, strictly speaking, in our liturgy. It’s the first two Aramaic words of several pages...

How Many Bob Dylans?

How many musicians were there? How many Albert Einsteins, one, two, three? How about the writers, how many Yehoshuas, Singers, Roths? How many Saul Bellows? Any Mailers or Richlers? The thinkers, how...

New Articles

Barack Obama 2012 Alum Aaron Keyak to Head Joe Biden’s Jewish Outreach

Keyak is a longtime Democratic political strategist who worked for Barack Obama.

Eagles Announce DeSean Jackson Will Be Disciplined but Will Remain on Team

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on July 10 that wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be disciplined over his social media posts but will remain on...

‘Free Palestine’ Spray-Painted on University of Wisconsin Hillel

Out of 44,411 students at the university, 5,200 of them are Jewish.

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