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D'vrei Torah

D’var Torah: When the truth is found to be lies: The Coen brothers’ Rorschach for serious people

I learned about Jewish spirituality in a yoga class in 1971. I lay prone on the carpeted floor, relaxing after achieving the challenging Bridge posture for the first time. I had thought that the pose’s [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

A Caring Community

When I had cancer, people were generous. It validated the work that I had done during the previous two decades to assist in creating caring communities that extend themselves to people in their midst at [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

D’var Torah: Unatana Tokef

A modern meditation We now confront the meaning of this day As we stare into the face of our own mortality. We form a circle. Hands and souls linked, We stand as community. Together we [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

Tammuz: A Gaping Hole

Yesterday my daughter and I held our beloved cat as his doctor administered a lethal dose of anesthetic. Rascal was our Kitty companion for 15 years. He grew up with Jen, who was seven when [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

D’var Torah – Iyyar- Cultivating Patience as we Count the Days

The underside of the leaves are lit by the early morning light, as we enter the month of Iyyar. This is the month the Bible calls Ziv (shining), which, in Israel and here in California, [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

D’var Torah – Pesach: Rising to the Occasion

On this sparkling day in Nissan, it is easy to imagine the joy that people must have felt at this time of year in ancient Israel as they made their way on camels and donkeys [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Schvat- a Harbinger of Hope

January 20th was a day that I could not have imagined as a young Jewish girl growing up in the Jim Crow New Orleans of the 1950’s. My childhood expectations rose from a world illustrated [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Time as a Healer: The Jewish Calendar as a Spiritual Path: Tevet

  I live in Southern California, where the seasons match those in the land of Israel. Therefore, my own moods and sense of time are often congruent with the Jewish calendar and its days of [Read more…]

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Thought Pieces

Time as a Healer: The Jewish Calendar as a Spiritual Path

“Time heals all wounds” is a misleading phrase.  It implies that when we are faced with pain, all we must do is wait and things will get better. These deceptive words soothe us with the [Read more…]