Religious Catharsis

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.

Drop Everything and Read

The hidden connection between Shabbat and reading.

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?

Tending the Fire

Fire is a symbol of persistence and faith, but the embers must be tended.

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.

Giving Voice

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.

Life’s a Beach

I can choose to live anywhere I wish, but would I want to?

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.