Category Archive: Bayit

Why This Firstborn Will Go Silent Before Passover: The Social Justice Ta’anit Dibbur

Among Passover’s many customs, the fast of the firstborn (ta’anit bechorot) fell into disuse.  This ritual fast, commemorating Egypt’s victims of the Tenth Plague’s death of the firstborn, finds little traction among modern liberal Jews.  Even… Continue reading

Power Tools For Spiritual Building

Part of a yearlong series on Torah wisdom about building and builders. The first weeks of Bayit’s Builder’s Blog harvested keystone principles about building the Jewish future – from primordial foundations of building, to… Continue reading

First Build: Seven Foundation Principles for Spiritual Builders

We’re all stardust, re-mixed chemical elements forged in some distant supernova.  We’re all broken shards, fallen from the primordial shattering. We’re all reflected light, glimmering with the Source of Light.  We’re all builders,… Continue reading

Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Purim Tribute for Women’s History Month

Just in time for Purim comes this resource offered on the Bayit Builders’ Blog: Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Purim Tribute for Women’s History Month. This trope mash-up of Esther and the 2/7/2017 Congressional… Continue reading

Connecting to the Tree of Life

By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Rabbi David Markus Originally published as part of the Auburn Voices series at Auburn Seminary. Tu b’Shevat, the “New Year of the Trees,” is coming at the next full… Continue reading

See Your Way to Freedom

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Freedom! For many, freedom is the spiritual goal – to be free of suffering, free of burden, even free of the travails… Continue reading