The eye is in the hand of the beholder

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. If art and beauty are in the eye of the beholder, then what about spirituality and especially communal spirituality?  And when we… Continue reading

Spirituality When Life Says No

Modern spirituality seems to echo advice of an old standard: “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” Who doesn’t groove on light, love and can-do spirit? Each “yes” of affirmation and empowerment tends to feel good: a… Continue reading

Seeing It All

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. I’ve heard it countless times, especially over the last few weeks: “Depending on where I look around me, I see either beauty… Continue reading

Home of the Brave?

This moment in national life, and this moment in the Jewish spiritual calendar, both ask deep and real bravery. What’s more, they impel us to ask ourselves and each other a few direct… Continue reading

When resilience is just stubborn: the art of quitting

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Ever feel like you’re pushing a boulder up a hill and soon will reach the top if you just keep going –… Continue reading

Bitching Bites

Bitching is easy. Holy bitching is another matter. Easy bitching is what our Torah ancestors did after 39 years in the desert – and who could blame them? Having buried beloved leaders Miriam and… Continue reading

The time God got it wrong – Korach

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Watch enough cable or online “news,” and you might sense a U.S. society more polarized than ever before by political party, class,… Continue reading

The Soul of Waiting

“Time waits for no one,” quips the adage, but maybe that’s backward. Maybe the soul of healthy waiting is cultivating a healthy sense of timelessness that we don’t try to control. Easier said… Continue reading

Waiting to Exhale

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. “Waiting to Exhale.” No, not the 1995 Whitney Houston movie hit. I mean life’s occasional sense of waiting – waiting with anticipation, waiting… Continue reading

What Counts? – A tribute to Israel

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. I just returned from two weeks in Israel, in the days preceding the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of… Continue reading