Category Archive: The Jewish Studio

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

Take my advice

Part of a series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. The older I get, the more willing I become to admit that I don’t know it all and can’t do it all.  Life… 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

A New Year (As New As We Make It)

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Pop the Champagne!  Cue the confetti!  It’s a new year!  Everything’s new and fresh! Of course it ain’t so simple – but… Continue reading

Israel’s Six Resilience Rules

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Even an over-anxious cad like the Bible’s Jacob can teach a lesson about resilience.  In this week’s Torah portion (Vayishlach), he teaches… Continue reading

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in Jewish spiritual life. Today’s shrill era in which some vocally try to silence others isn’t new. The only difference is that more of us – at… Continue reading

The Rush of Resilience: Loving More Than Yourself

Part of a yearlong series on resilience in spiritual life. Meet a 99-year-old gentleman who yesterday circumcised himself and today runs a fever. Age and Infirmity aside, he runs to greet surprise guests… Continue reading

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring – the Resilience of Noach

Part of a year-long series about resilience in Jewish life. Picture it.  The world as you know it will end.  You have time to prepare yourself but must bear the derision of disbelievers.… Continue reading

Resilience . . . Cain after Abel

Our High Holy Day theme of “resilience” was so impactful that we’re dedicating this new year of Torah blogs to it. How does each weekly Torah portion reflect Judaism’s enduring resilience and invite… Continue reading

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