Category Archive: The Jewish Studio

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

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

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

There is no “I” in Team

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Here’s a true confession of a self-described “Resilience Rabbi” spending a year writing about resilience: sometimes I don’t feel very resilient. Sometimes… Continue reading

Resilience After the Seder

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. This year’s Passover seder is history. Cups were filled and drunk and filled and spilled and drunk and filled again. Matzah was… Continue reading

The Koan of Shrunken Silence

Part of a yearlong series about resilience in Jewish spiritual life. The teacher of my teachers, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, recounted that one of his children asked him about waking and sleeping. The child asked,… Continue reading

The Sapphire Path

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Long before Frank Baum imagined Munchkins and “The Yellow Brick Road,” Jews had a “Sapphire Path” that, according to Torah, Moses and… Continue reading