Modern Jewish life has been largely drained of the drama and emotional release available in ancient times. Is there a way to recapture it?
God’s Presence and Absence
Visiting with those in dire need, God's presence never felt more present — or absent.
A Place for the Primal
The mythic and the magical has its place in the sanctuary of the holy.
The Redemption to Come
On Passover we express gratitude for the redemption we have and hope for the one still to come.
Ten Commandments for Today
What are the most important rules for living justly and peacefully today?
Emulating Our Multicultural Ancestors
While Jacob blesses all of his grandchildren at the end of his life, he singles out two in particular as worthy of emulation.
Countless moments in the Bible demonstrate the raw power of voice, divine and human, to heal or destroy.
Psalm 22, Queen Esther and Us
The rabbis teach that Esther drew upon the words of Psalm 22 as she bravely went before King Achashverosh in an effort to save the Jews of ancient Persia.
The Soul of the Stranger
The commandment not to oppress the stranger can refer to war refugees, for whom the Torah demands intense compassion.
Coming Down to Earth
Instead of looking up to the heavens for holiness, what if instead we looked to the earth beneath our feet?
Tu Bishvat and the Repudiation of Cynicism
The Jewish new year for trees is the rare time where we celebrate potential — not product.
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall
In Jewish folklore, mirrors are typically treated as portals to the spirit realm.