Category Archive: The Jewish Studio

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

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