Part of a yearlong Torah series on building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. Jimi Hendrix observed that “castles made of sand melt into the sea.” Sand buildings have their place (like Buddhist sand mandalas), but they are not meant to last. Rather, they are meant to teach us about impermanence. Most spiritual builders don’t […]
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Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about spiritual building and builders.
Among Passover’s many customs, the fast of the firstborn (ta’anit bechorot) fell into disuse.
From builder Steve Silbert comes this updated sketchnote for the first day of Pesach:
Everyone in Jewish life is called to be a builder: that’s Bayit’s guiding principle. As Passover approaches…
New from founding builder Rabbi Evan J. Krame comes a haggadah — not for the first or second…
Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about spiritual building and builders…
Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about spiritual building and builders. I enjoy counting each mezuzah I see on doorposts while walking through a neighborhood. Whether or not one is traditionally observant, it’s quintessentially Jewish to place these beacons of holiness at entrances to homes. I’m delighted when I see them. Lately, I’ve […]
Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about spiritual building and builders. We build institutions and communities to support values, but buildings don’t live values: people do. What if values conflict, or we struggle to align our feelings, values and behaviors? These are questions of the tragedy that opens this week’s Torah portion (Shmini). […]
Part of a yearlong series of Torah wisdom on spiritual building and builders. How well does a spiritual practice or spiritual community “work”? One answer from this week’s Torah portion (Tzav) may seem surprising: We gauge what works spiritually by the detritus it leaves behind from what it transforms. If there’s no detritus, we’re doing […]