A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

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 · 1 Comment

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

Surrounded by Big Things: Jonah, Harvey, and Yom Kippur

One of the things we might notice about Jonah is that he’s a little hard to follow: one minute, minding his own business, in his own land, and next thing … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment
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