I do not remember many specific lessons from my elementary school experience, but the mnemonic devices we were taught have stuck with me. For the four directions of the compass, I always recall "Never Eat Soggy Weetabix" (for those of you not from Britain...
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As we’ve recently turned again to the beginning of our Torah, I want to address an important question: Is it true?
For me, the stories in the Torah represent a religious or poetic truth – not necessarily an historical or scientific truth.
It should not surprise us that in this week's Torah portion, parashah Balak, the animal that saves Balaam’s life is female. How consistent this is with the theme that it is often the women in the Bible who guide, instruct, or shape the events surrounding...
On the first day of Shavuot, we read in Exodus 19 that God declares to the Israelites assembled at the foot of Mount Sinai:
“If you obey Me faithfully and keep My covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all the peoples…. you shall be to Me a.
One of the great examples of Reform Jewish thinking, some 2,000 years before there was anything called Reform Judaism, regards the Festival of Shavuot.
In the Torah, Shavuot is strictly an agricultural holiday, a celebration of both the first summer fruits.
of ritual and rules,
that drifts and flows
in a spiral of
light and dark
and bounty and decay.
Speak, in each season
of coming and going
I have this terrible image I can’t quite shake, of walking into high school on the first day and being terrified.
More than 2,000 people attended Cherry Hill High School East when I was a student there.
I'm in one of those places: stuck, prickly, at the very edge of letting go, trembling with the effort to not tip over the edge into the abyss of the unknown, desperate to take that final leap of faith and soar towards light and wholeness. I am astounded, as...