Category Archives: reverence

Good Morning, San Diego

We must nourish the body and also the soul. That’s what Shabbat is for, to nourish the soul. – Rabbi Meltzer, Ohr Shalom Synagogue, San Diego People streamed into night-dark Balboa Park for Holiday Lights, twinkling strings of festive lights … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

San Diego Sadhana

Today started very early, before the sun rose in Southern California, and I walked across the quiet street from m y hotel to Karma Yoga San Diego for sadhana. Sadhana means practice in Sanskrit and it’s whatever you do regularly … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Small Business Saturday or Spirituality Saturday?

Yesterday, today, Monday, it’s all about spending money. Consuming. Acquiring. Crossing off lists and accumulating more. What if we bucked the trend and focused on loftier goals? I’d like to propose Spirituality Saturday. A day dedicated to stopping, slowing down, … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Grateful for Freedom of Choice

Today, on this holiday of gratitude, the overarching thing I am grateful for is that I have choice in so many instances. I have a choice to be happy or sad, loving or angry, loud or quiet. I have a … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Everything Is Storytelling

I love Saturdays. I awoke without alarm, the white dawn of day already peeking through the blinds. There was nowhere to be, nothing to do at any certain time. And so I settled onto the couch to watch a movie … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Old Are You?

Yesterday, the Torah portion devoted a lot of ink to talking about how many days Abraham and Sarah lived. Not the total years, the days. The reason, the Sages say, is that this reading, Chayei Sarah, is supposed to convey the … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

On Veterans Day: Being of Service

Once, I combed through photos in my grandmother’s apartment, looking at the fading black-and-white images and seeing my proud grandfather conducting a Passover seder around long tables in Brazil. The men wore official uniforms, as they were stationed there during … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Peace

It was brisk yesterday, the air crisp, the autumn leaves fallen to the ground. Asher and I set out on the dirt trails, winding through forest, around marsh and pond, up hills and down and over streams, for a Shabbat … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Walking through the Old City

The air is perfectly sweet and cool. Quiet. Clear. The stone streets polished to a sheen, smooth under our feet. We sat on the rooftop and looked out over the varying heights of this holy city. Dome of the Rock. … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The First Night of Sukkot

Night fell around us like curtains of darkness, as we laughed and ate inside the little hut we’d constructed in the backyard. Walls of canvas, paintings laminated from years ago when the children were in preschool, twinkling lights under the … Continue reading »

Posted in reverence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment