A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

Kindling Hope with the Fourth Candle

How is Chanukah kindling hope for you and others this season? In memory of Rekia Boyd, killed at age 22, another victim of (off-duty) police violence from my first hometown, … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chanukah Rededicates Jews to the Fight

Samuel L. Jackson’s challenge, Chanukah-style. [Everybody knows that I can’t sing, but] I can hear my neighbor calling I can’t breathe Now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Power, Language, and Settling: Questions from Joseph’s Story

The Joseph story, which begins in this week’s Torah portion raises questions about language, about power and how it is used, and about the possibility of learning an entirely new … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Praying with Voices of Grief and Struggle

Jewish memorial prayers ask that souls of the departed be bound up among the living. The living help in this process by doing acts of tzedakah – translated as charity, … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dwelling Within a Fallible Construction

Sukkot is the holiday “most closely associated with the Oral Law,” according to Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, as so much of the holiday — from identifying “p’ri eitz hadar” [“fruit of … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

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