A SHABBAT AMIDAH

I speak praise, hope and thanks. I open my mouth, I open my heart. I feel the Ancient Prayer: 1.  AVOT VE’IMOT – PRAISE OUR ANCESTORS Bless our inventive ancestors, Who have given us the God of the Torah and the God of the Talmud,the God of our immigrant grandparents and the God of our children,the […]

Four Children, Five Rabbis

Okay, so Four Children sitting around a table, talking At a seder And they have to ask, Why is this night different from all other nights? Why on this night do we ask so many questions? And who gets to answer? And who must  listen? The first child, Book smart. The wise child Knows all the […]

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 […]

A Verb Is A Noun: A Psalm

(inspired by Arthur Green, SEEK MY FACE)MaybeGod is a gerund, a verb ending in ‘ing‘, a verb that has become a noun.Always doing, always being.  And Being.Never starting, never ending.  But real and solid, a thing made of action.Selah:  Pause and think. I want always to be in the image of that Noun, A believer and doer and caretaker,As […]

God’s Back: A Drash for Sukkot

Exod 33:12-34:26 This is one of those holiday Shabbats when a special Torah portion is read.  In ancient times, Succot was THE holiday, of all the festivals this was the most important one.  And if that is so, then one must wonder why, out of the entire chumash, this passage was chosen.  It’s from Exodus, after Moses […]

A Prayer for The Hurricane

Ancient God of the Sumerians, Hittites, Babylonians and Hebrews,God of Noah and all who came after,We can, if we survive, imagine being philosophically gratefulFor this hurricane. After all,It reminds us that there are forces much bigger than ourselvesAnd puts our lives in perspectiveWhich is always a good thing.But please,Just remember this:You promised, no more floods.I’m […]

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