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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 at his door, then rushes to help his wife feed them.  Missing an ingredient in the kitchen, he keeps running – first… Continue reading The Rush of Resilience: Loving More Than Yourself

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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. When massive change comes, you are kept physically safe amidst tumult but suffer the darkness. Then you must rebuild in a world… Continue reading It’s Raining, It’s Pouring – the Resilience of Noach

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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 us to seek and find resilience in our own lives? Let's start from the very Beginning. From the start, nature has been… Continue reading Resilience . . . Cain after Abel

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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 to our souls, back to parts of ourselves that maybe we forgot (or we'd rather forget). Maybe it's changing light of the… Continue reading The great rebalance of heaven and earth

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Smashing Success: Democracy and Discontent

"Democracy," quipped Winston Churchill, "is the worst form of government except for all the others." This week's Torah portion (Ki Tisa) couldn't agree more. While awaiting Moses' return from atop Sinai, the people felt afraid and abandoned. Seized with fear, they rebelled against the Ten Commandments they just received: they wanted Aaron to make them… Continue reading Smashing Success: Democracy and Discontent

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Wrestling in the Dark Night

The human mind is a marvelous machine – always scanning and planning. Among the mind's "programs" is worst-case thinking, wrestling to assert control over potential threats. Maybe you do this: I know I do. A delayed diagnosis could be an incurable disease! A work mistake could cost my job! An encounter could ruin a relationship! If we're honest, we might… Continue reading Wrestling in the Dark Night