Category Archives: reverence

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 »

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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 »

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Atonement

At – One – Ment Another way to look at atonement, which is the focus today for Jews around the world. To atone for sins we have committed against our friends and family, against humanity. To atone for sins we … Continue reading »

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Coaching

Before my son bats at home base, he looks left, to his coach, who sends him messages and signals about how to approach the coming pitch. The lights are bright over the dark field. Mist steams up off the warm … Continue reading »

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A Fresh Start: Rosh Hashanah 5775

“We don’t want to end the life of our enemy; we want to transform the heart.” – Rabbi Aaron Bergman, in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, 5775, 9/25/14 What a powerful concept. As a new year dawns for me and my … Continue reading »

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Throwing Away Mistakes: It’s that time of year

As tonight at sundown begins the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, or the birthday of the world, I would like to share this essay, which first appeared on ReadTheSpirt.com earlier in the week. A happy, healthy new year to all … Continue reading »

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Time of Renewal: Equinox

We walked amongst leaf-lined paths, damp from the night rains. The river rushed and curdled beside us with that soothing sound of ever-flowing water. A purpose on a path – to flow from one point to another, until its destination … Continue reading »

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Season of Repentance

“Hiding me in His shrine, safe from peril, God will shelter me beyond the reach of disaster, and raise my head high above my enemies.” ~ Psalm 27, The Psalm for the Season of Repentance In a little more than … Continue reading »

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It’s the New Friends that Surprise You

Sometimes we think the people we are friends with early in life must stay our friends throughout. Silly thinking. As we change and grow, why wouldn’t we shed old friendships that no longer serve us in exchange for new friendships … Continue reading »

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Are You in Conversation with God?

Don’t shy away from this blog because there’s God in the title. I’m not a religious fanatic. I am a spiritual seeker on the path toward peace. So this blog won’t preach at you or wag a finger in judgment. … Continue reading »

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