Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’

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Praying in Hebrew, Speaking in Tongues

The other day I was meeting with a friend and local Pentecostal minister (let’s call him “Diego”) when someone we mutually knew (let’s call him “Sam”) dropped by to say hello. After a few short pleasantries it was clear that our friend was struggling. He was looking for some spiritual guidance and when Diego asked […]

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When I Entered A Holy Covenant: A Dvar Torah on Parshat Shmini (Lev. 9:1-11:47)

Four years ago this week–at least by reckoning of the Hebrew calendar–my friend proudly displayed to me a cake she had made for a party I was hosting. “Today, you are a man,” it declared. She was excited to celebrate my “Boozy Bat Mitzvah,” a party celebrating not my actual Bat Mitzvah, but my conversion […]

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Walking Together Through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death”

It seems almost a cliché to be sitting here writing about death, here in Boston with eight feet of snow pressing in on all sides, the bitter winter winds howling just outside my windows. But if seemingly endless winter can inspire the Russians to create such darkly beautiful literature, perhaps it can work its magic […]

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Invoking The Power From Within During the Season of Advent

Patience is not a quality that I demonstrate very well, but I can respect the holy merit of patient waiting. Advent is the season where Christians wait, long, and prepare for the birth of their Messiah, Jesus Christ. In Judaism, we too long for the Messiah, who has historically been described as a prominent political or […]

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With my eyes I can take everything from you: Rededicating ourselves to seeing Black lives

Chanukah is a festival of lights, which makes it an opportunity to reflect on what we see and how we see it. The rituals of Chanukah are all about light and seeing: we’re commanded to kindle Chanukah lights each night; we’re commanded to enjoy their light; we’re commanded to spend time appreciating their glow. Chanukah […]

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Just Another Brick in the Barrier…..

I knew Rabbi Twersky. We weren’t best buddies, or drinking pals, or even very close, but I considered him a friend. I met him several times in Boston and in Israel and always found him to be a great giver of Torah and a pleasant man who loved the Jewish people. The horrific events surrounding […]

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Author: Sharon Azran/B’Tselem. Creative Commons license, from Wikimedia Commons. Source: http://www.btselem.org/photoblog/20140115_hebron

“There is no such thing as Palestine!”–Dispatch from Palestine

“You can’t teach me anything about Europeans,” once commented the deputy mayor of Jerusalem. Europeans had killed his father. “You can’t teach me anything about Palestinians.” Palestinians had killed his mother. The deputy mayor embodied a common sentiment among Zionists, many of whom had suffered dear losses to one or another enemy of the Jewish […]

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Taken by author Jenn Lindsay in Dhesheh Refugee Camp, Palestine.

“This is our life.”–Dispatch from Palestine

Dhesheh Refugee Camp houses 17,000 people in less than 1 square kilometer. It was established for two waves of refugees in 1948 and 1967 by the United Nations, which is still in charge of providing medication, education, and maintenance. The streets were empty when we arrived at 10am. The night before, all night long, there […]

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A Dialogue Among the Deaf

On Tuesday, the uncle of one of my Arabic-language students was slaughtered by an axe-wielding Palestinian man in Synagogue as he prayed. On Tuesday, the uncle of one of my Arabic students was slaughtered by an axe-wielding Palestinian man in Synagogue as he prayed. On Tuesday, the uncle of one of my Arabic students was […]

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English: Walaja Barrier 2011. Author Wickey-nl. Creative Commons license. 31 March 2014. Source: Own work, based on http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_the_closure_map_2011_12_21_bethlehem.pdf, published by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAoPt). http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Walaja_Barrier_2011.jpg

“You are an ambassador”–Dispatch from Palestine

We drive along the barbed electric fence that surrounds the Israeli settlement of Har Gilo.  We are headed to the Walajah valley of the Palestinian territory. The valleys are deep and lush with pine trees and olive groves, steppes cut into the hillsides with round white stones. The land here has been largely confiscated by […]

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