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

Passing the Flame Forward: A Letter from Rachel and David

In early 2015 it was announced that we would serve as the next co-chairs of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  Today we announce that we are stepping down. Our term will end in… Continue reading

A Missing Friend is a Holy Clue

We all know how it feels to be sick. What I didn’t realize until recently is that what scientists call “sickness behaviors” – lethargy, self-care and social withdrawal – can have vital social… Continue reading

Shabbat, renewal, and you

A d’var Torah offered at Congregation Bet Ha’Am in Portland, Maine. Offered aloud by Rabbi Rachel; jointly written by R’ Rachel and R’ David. Welcome home. Why am I welcoming you home when you… Continue reading

Lessons learned from saying yes to a differently-abled bar mitzvah boy

“They” said “Jon” couldn’t possibly manage a bar mitzvah. Jon is a teen with physical, cognitive and emotional special needs, whose parents heard “can’t” countless times from countless people in so-called authority. “They” are… Continue reading

What’s Pure?

It’s been awhile since I heard the word “pure” except to describe olive oil and Ivory soap – maybe also mountain spring water and 24 carat gold, but not much else. What sense… Continue reading

The Healing Sound of Silence

He was hurting. He had shared with me bad news about his personal life, and now it seemed my turn to speak. The seconds of silence while he waited were pregnant, deafening, heavy… Continue reading

Your Holy Uplift

Some values are timeless, but how we express them can change over time. This week’s Torah portion (Tzav) uplifts this idea through the example of how we handle shame and guilt. What Torah… Continue reading