The great rebalance of heaven and earth

Here they come again – those great, holy wondrous Days of Awe. Something about the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur calls us back to ourselves – back to community, back… Continue reading

The Way We Were – Anniversaries, September 11, and Standing Together Again

Today is the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. For awhile, 9/11 changed much about how we see ourselves, each other and the world. For many, these changes are… Continue reading

The Appetite for Hate

These weeks leading to Rosh Hashanah – especially amidst the tumult of the world – call us to seek and find the good in each other, and make good on our own call… Continue reading

Judaism’s Three Rs for the 21st Century

Decades of educators used the Three Rs as a teaching slogan. Think what we may of “reading, writing and arithmetic,” the Three Rs are a catchy enough line that most of us recognize it. The… Continue reading

The Foundation of Our Lives

Even in these hazy lazy days of summer, our days are full of doings – of many kinds and for many reasons. Why do we do what we do? Answers vary with circumstance:… Continue reading

How to take a real vacation

It’s summer, and 58% of Americans are likely to take vacations – some by plane, most by car. Vacations have countless motivations: visit friends or family, change scenery, change pace, have fun, relax,… Continue reading

Our Sacred Cows

We all have “sacred cows” – ideas, habits and commitments seemingly so core to who we are that we might hold them nearly inviolate.  Often they seem like the bedrock of our lives… Continue reading

In Cloud’s Shadow: Spirituality and Darkness

Is it just me, or lately do there seem to be more clouds of confusion and despair obscuring hearts, minds, communities and public discourse? As I write these words, even my East Coast… Continue reading

The reason for patience

If patience is a virtue, then I tend not to feel especially virtuous.  Often I want (now) to fix (now) what’s wrong in the world (now) – and rush hour traffic can seem… Continue reading

What Judge Abdus-Salaam’s Death Teaches Us About Assumptions

On April 12, 2017, the New York Police Department found Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, floating dead in the Hudson River.  She was eulogized on May 26,… Continue reading