This Is The Ritual, Hanukkah version

© Trisha Arlin This is the Ritual:  Bowing during the morning blessings.I used to refuse to bend my kneeand bowduring the Morning Blessings.Baruch Atah EtceteraThank you for Etecetera….Who was I bowing to?A male king?That’s not God.Screw that.But then I thought,What if I bowed anyway?What would that feel like?So I tried it for a month.As an […]

An Interesting Experiment

In a previous drash on Chukkat, I noted the three rituals performed in the parsha:  1) the sacrifice of the Red Heifer, 2) purification of those who have touched the dead, and, after Miriam’s death, 3) the banging on the rock to produce water.  The first two rituals are prefaced by the phrase, “This is the […]

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