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Power – A New Definition

Words are tricky. We tend to think common words carry the same meaning for everyone; that the word itself IS the meaning, rather than a vehicle carrying unique nuances and understandings for each user. We forget that for each word, each concept, each person has their own image for what that word and concept means. […] Read more

May, 07, 2017

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A Little Drop of Oil

(An Open Letter of Thanks to the Egalitarian Minyan of Frankfurt-am-Main and the Larger Jewish Community in Germany) What do you do when your world is destroyed? As Jews, we know what it is to have worlds destroyed. The world was once destroyed by a flood; the sovereign Jewish nation was split in two and […] Read more

With a Little Reflection, a Change of Heart

This blog was originally published by Limmud On One Leg March 23, 2017. It is a commentary on Torah portion Vayakhel-Pekudei. Vayakhel-Pekudei recounts the actual building of the Mishkan, following instructions stated earlier in Parsha Terumah. ________________________ With a little reflection, a change of heart. Vayakel-Pekudei finds us coming forward with an outpouring of self […] Read more

Finding the Good

The Western medical lens focuses on pain, viruses, and germs, which it sees as “bad”, and then focuses on their elimination. The same approach is employed in Western politics: enemies are “bad”, eliminate them. In economics, eliminate that which isn’t producing – companies, products, or employees. In everyday Western life eliminate all fats, oils, and […] Read more

The Practical Side to Dreaming: Five Answers to “Why Dream?”

Say “dreaming” and people often think of the esoteric, something abstract, “woo-woo”, and “out-there”. In fact, dreaming is extremely tangible, practical, and right-now. If you want to change your life, dreaming is an important way of doing it. Here’s 5 reasons how and why. 1. Deciding to pay attention to your dreaming is deciding to […] Read more

Oct, 20, 2016

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Putting Some Kick in It: Three Tips for Spicing up Your Dreaming Practice

How’s your dreaming practice these days? If you’re like me, from time to time dreams get pushed to the back burner. We go through phases when life is exceptionally busy, we’re exceptionally tired, and we don’t feel like bothering with writing and working with our dreams. We murmur to ourselves, half-asleep, “Ugh, I’m so tired. […] Read more

Making Peace

It doesn’t come as a surprise to say that the world at the moment is embroiled in a tremendous amount of discord. We’ve seen several particularly difficult events happen over the last year. After every event, in emails, posts, and conversations, we ask how this could have happened. How could we live in a world […] Read more

Sep, 01, 2016

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A Response to Nice

This week the world suffered a terrible tragedy in Nice, France, which itself was one of many similar tragedies seemingly in a row. I received numerous emails and posts asking what someone can do in response, what words of wisdom are there in these hard times. This post is my response. The first thing to […] Read more

Jul, 17, 2016

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What Are You Willing to See?

It is said that “seeing is believing” but, in fact, it is from believing that we see. I read an intriguing case last night involving scientist Raymond Dart, who discovered and named a distinct species of early human. He later excavated a cave with what he believed to be the “kitchen remains” of this early […] Read more

Jul, 07, 2016

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Free to Be – A Passover Story

I’m going to tell you a story. Once there was a group of people who heard rumors there would be a famine, and so they followed their fear and headed to the city to take a job with the C.E.O who ran the only company in town.  It wasn’t a bad gig at first – […] Read more

Apr, 03, 2016

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