Tag Archives: Tefillah (prayer)

Bitter Honey

This morning I sat down with my cup of tea and the last of the Rosh HaShannah honey cake.  As the cats raced around the house, I opened The New York Times to find an article about divisive religious hate … Continue reading

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What’s Love Got to Do With it? Sh’ma Love

This is cross posted from the blog Davenspot where I was honored to be a guest blogger. When I lead services, regardless of whether it is for kids or adults, I love to explain my take on the Sh’ma and … Continue reading

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Have You Had Your Mah Gadlu Moment Today?

Life keeps handing me these moments.  So here is Mah Gadlu, Part 2 This week I saw the most amazing 4th of July fireworks over the Hudson River.  Even with a partial view from a roof top half way across … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat Korah, REBELLION-SCHMELLION

Scene opens:  The people are dancing and doing all sorts of debauchery around the golden calf.  They have given up on their leader.  He’s been up on the mountain too long and they think he was eaten by a wolf … Continue reading

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LET THE MIDRASH BE OUR GUIDE!

Why do we do this? The midrash says… I have often heard these lines and even said them myself.  We use the body of literature known as the midrash to interpret the Torah, the law, and our rituals so that … Continue reading

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In Search of Sparks

Ask a little kid how old they are and you will very rarely get a round number.  Instead of 4 years old they might say, “I’m four and three quarters” or “I’m going to be five in thirty-four days.” Kids … Continue reading

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The Object is Permanent

A few weeks ago, I heard a d’var Torah about how, as the Israelites wandered in the desert, God appeared to them as a cloud during the day and fire during the night. As a psychologist, the speaker linked this … Continue reading

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The Big Question. Or, at least, one of them.

Ellen DeGeneres used to do a bit about how, with so many people praying all the time, God’s answering machine must be really full.  I thought about this when Tal, a fifth-grade student asked the big question, “How can God … Continue reading

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A Shehecheyanu Moment, For All The Wonders

Yesterday I heard something that I had not heard in a while.  I was standing in my kitchen, just making a cup of tea in the middle of the morning, and there it was.  It was a simple chirp.  Nothing … Continue reading

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Blogging the Torah: Parashat B’Shallach…Miriam and a couple of Deborahs

And the women dancing with their timbrels followed Miriam as she sang her song sing the song to the One we’ve exalted Miriam and the women dance, and danced the whole night long                 … Continue reading

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