Part of a yearlong Torah series on spiritual building and builders in Jewish life. Okay, you’re ready for spiritual building. As with a survey before building with a physical structure, first survey the landscape. How? Parshat Shlach asks that question directly, and some of our spiritual ancestors’ first answers went tragically wrong. Their lessons […]
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Part of a yearlong Torah series about building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. Florida recently enacted a “Second Chance” law, repealing a lifetime ban on voting for 1.4 million convicted felons released from prison. I thought about the impact on both individuals and society. While voting affirms the dignity of an individual voting also […]
Part of a yearlong Torah series on building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. As we all build the Jewish future, how sure should we be about what’s holy? Asked that way, maybe the question answers itself: only one filled with hubris would proclaim knowing for sure what is holy. And yet, Jewish spiritual life – and […]
This weekend we celebrate, with pride, G-d’s “coming out” speech – the Divine Revelation at Mt. Sinai. Our need to be seen and understood for who we are draws from that very highest of the High Truths of sacred tradition. The Jewish community and LGBTQ+ community share long experiences of being closeted, forced — in […]
Part of a yearlong Torah series on building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. The book of Bamidbar (“In the Wilderness”) begins with instruction to take a census. Literally, the Hebrew instructs Moses to “Lift up the heads” of the whole community. (Well, sort of: the original instruction was to lift up the […]
Part of a yearlong Torah series on building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. This week’s Torah portion (Bechukotai) lists “blessings” and “curses,” “rewards” and “punishments.” If we honor the mitzvot, Torah says, then “blessings” will flow. If not, then we sign up for “curses.” This ancient theology may not necessarily hold up […]
Part of a yearlong Torah series on building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. In our fast-paced world it’s rare to take a sabbatical. A week’s vacation here and there is more the norm. But a full year? That’s an awfully long time. For a farmer, leaving the land fallow for an entire […]
Part of a yearlong Torah series on building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. In this week’s Torah portion, Emor, we read, “You shall have one standard for stranger and citizen alike: I, Adonai, am your God.” (Lev. 24:21) I can’t think of a better guideline for building. One standard for everyone, whether […]