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Who is my Beloved?

Today begins the Hebrew month of Elul; a month of introspection before Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. At this time of year Jews engage in an accounting of their year to examine where they have lived up to their … Continue reading

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On Earth Day, Sanctity of Life calls for Compassion

The world, today, celebrates in gratitude for the planet we share while wrestling with the damage done to it by our human species.  In this week, here in the US, we continue to struggle with what it means to be … Continue reading

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To Start Anew

Tonight, Jews around the world are marking Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Sabbath before Passover begins, tomorrow night. And then on Sunday Christians will celebrate Palm Sunday.  It is also a special weekend for me, as this sabbath is the anniversary … Continue reading

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Praying for Compassion

The Jewish mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav told a story about a king who discovered that the current year’s grain supply was tainted and would make the whole country go insane.  There was only enough of the prior year’s grain … Continue reading

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What is Religious Wounding, and why is it important at this moment in time?

Right now, we are being given two very different interpretations of the world we live in, courtesy of the two dominant American political parties.  Each believes we are facing doom, but with very different meanings of what that constitutes.  We … Continue reading

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Praying for Healing & Compassion

I spent the better part of the last 35 years advocating for social justice. I’ve participated in more marches and rallies than I can count. But I’m having to sit out this current call to action. It is not that … Continue reading

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A Moment of Insanity

There was a tale told by Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav, (as translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan): “The king’s star gazer saw that the grain harvested that year was tainted. Anyone who would eat from it would become insane. “What can … Continue reading

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Our Journey into Holiness

We are all on a journey, this holy week.  In addition to the Christian Easter observances of Palm Sunday and Easter (Jesus’s journey into Jerusalem & from death into resurrection), last Friday marked Muhammed’s journey (in one miraculous night) from … Continue reading

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Reclaiming a Balanced Life

As I’ve continued to sit with and listen for the Voice of Creation, I am seeing that we have replaced the addiction of busy-ness in the outside world with a busy-ness in the digital world. This is not reducing the … Continue reading

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Prayer in A Time of COVID & Climate Change

Source of Creation, known by many names and no name, Be with us in this time of fear and crisis.  Be present to us through the interconnectedness of all life, even when that means our human species must refrain from … Continue reading

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