We Must Pray and We Must Do: A Prayer for Lighting Candles

We give thanks for the ones who offer prayers. We give thanks for the ones who take action. We cannot heal the world without both, We must pray AND we must do. When so many people Have vanished into the darkness We light these candles  And say the blessings And pray for those who have […]

Adam and Eve Invent Hanukah

.וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי אוֹר וַיְהִי אוֹרWe can’t avoid it. The days are shorter, The nights are longer, And it’s cold: The sun is disappearing! Damn. Isn’t it enough to get kicked out of Eden? Isn’t it enough that We work in the dirt for a living, And give birth to screaming moist creatures with giant heads, […]

Miketz, a drash

Pharaoh dreams of seven handsome fat cows being eaten by seven ugly, skinny cows.  Pharaoh dreams of seven solid healthy ears of wheat on a single stalk, being followed by seven thin sickly ears on a stalk scorched by the east wind.  He is a hereditary monarch, and therefore not very bright, so he calls […]

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