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I’m a What???

Student: I could never be a spiritual leader. Me: Why not? Student: I haven’t figured out my own stuff. How can I help them figure out theirs?  I don’t know what I believe. How can I tell anyone else what to believe? Me: The fact that you are aware enough to know that you haven’t figured it all out is…

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The Hand of God and the Creative Process

Hi all!  I have to write a Torah commentary each week for a class I’m taking.  I thought you might enjoy the one for this week about the creative process… No, it doesn’t have anything to do with Purim  ;) ——————– If God was a painter in 16th century Italy?  Would God’s brush strokes have qualities in common with those…

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The G-word

What do you feel when you read the word “God”? Here, try it. God. I’ll tell you what I feel if you tell me what you feel. :) I feel a male presence.  I feel something above me.  I feel a little nervous and maybe a little stressed.  I feel like I’m about to be told what to do.  I…

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Jamaican Bobsledder

Sometimes I feel like a Jamaican bobsledder. No doubt those guys in 1988 got some funny looks when they first took their positions at the top of the track.  What unlikely warm-climate candidates they were for an icy sport.  They didn’t look like the other bobsledders, they didn’t sound like the other bobsledders, and their lives, I’m sure, had very…

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Vacation Every Week?

Walking through the wind-tunneled, icy rain drop covered streets of Manhattan… … Arriving home and pulling off soaked boots and coats as the heat of inside envelops. Waking up with the flu but still having to work or care for family or go to school… … Finishing the efforts of the day and finally going horizontal under a pile of…

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Stress Free Chanukah?

This is going to be a very short entry… Why? Like many of you, I’m pooped. This is always a busy season. Between work responsibilities (heading out tonight for a rehearsal!), mommy responsibilities (went to two school concerts and a debate meet over the weekend!), life responsibilities (the garage door is fixed!), and general worries, stresses, and plans that are…

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Does there have to be a December Dilemma?

Fear or Love? I’m going to try to navigate through this holiday season with love. For those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas, navigating our ways though this season without fear can be a daunting task.  There are Christmas parties, Santas at the mall, trees with presents, and our Jewish children are peering at it all with wide eyes, wondering…

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Mindful Judaism

Judaism is a tradition of gratitude. It is said, in Jewish practice, that we should say 100 blessings each day.  Jewish structure helps us reach that goal by providing blessings for when we wake, when we eat, when we pray, when we see beauty, light candles, wash our hands, drink wine… just about everything. Any child who gets a little Jewish…

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Muslims, Jews, and Friendship

I grew up in a town that was about 50% Jewish. My best friend… was Muslim. Granted, we were definitely not the most observant Jews and they were definitely not the most observant Muslims, but we were who we were.  I knew some of their relatives in Iran didn’t approve of our friendship, but that always seemed to me like…

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