I fumbled through the week wondering, what could I possibly say on the last day, the last newsletter? Do I have any new wisdom on endings? Can I find language to capture all of the richness of the year? As I look at photos and work of the children from September and try to wrap […]
May God bless and guard your sacred space May God’s light fill your being with grace May you always be true So God’s presence shines through And reflect the true peace of God’s face.
I had a conversation with a Rabbi recently. He was upset because a cantorial colleague of his had decided to strike out on her own, performing “destination B’nai Mitzvah”, divorcing herself from synagogue life, and setting up private Hebrew schools in community club-houses. He fretted that this is antithetical to the idea of community and […]
I have two limericks for Naso. The first deals with the troubling rules of the Sotah – the suspected adultress. According to the text, if you suspect that your wife has been unfaithful, the Priests are to administer a special, bitter potion. If she is guilty, according to the text, her “thigh” will swell (euphemism […]
We have just studied Sefer Va-Yikra (the Book of Leviticus) whose ten Portions centered on God’s commandments (through Moses) to the children of Israel and their priestly leaders. The children of Israel have been camped at the base of Mount Sinai, but are now about to set out on their demanding journey to the land […]
Is anyone feeling the end coming close? I know that I start suddenly to feel a sense of restlessness just when I need to face an end. Somehow it is easier to ignore the impending ending by focusing on summer, focusing on the rain, focusing on the busy-ness rather than mourning the end. What would […]
In this second episode of The JCast Journey, host Darone Ruskay tells the next chapter in the creation of JCast Network. Darone focuses in this episode on the other Podcast Networks, and entrepreneurial Jewish educators who convinced him that there was potential in creating a podcast network, and the courage to follow his passion to […]