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The blessing of lack

Kabbalah is an attempt to understand the brokenness of the universe.The other night, my chevruta (Study partner) and I were ...

WTF and Other Essential Prayers

I’ve always been suspicious of the “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” crowd.   Generally, the eternally sunny scare ...

Learning from Experience

Technology is a marvelous thing. And the many creative ways Jewish professionals have incorporated it into Jewish communal life is ...

Are We Living Up To Thanksgiving’s Potential?

So what did you really look forward to last week—Thanksgiving or Black Friday? Gorging on turkey surrounded by all those ...

Wrong Blessing. Right.

Three weeks had passed since they had put my daughter’s hand in a cast. A small misstep while working with ...

New Motto: Be (Spiritually) Prepared

When I was growing up, a common group activity to do with Jewish teens was some sort of values clarification. ...

Learning to Return to Myself

I remember Yom Kippur when I was 13. I was in synagogue, proudly wearing the  tallit I had been given ...

High Holy Days: Collective Sin, Collective Success

Within the liturgy of Yom Kippur, guilt is assumed to be collective, as we communally recite the sins. That being ...

Regional Community Building & The Blessing of Skype

Skype. Gchat. iPhone. These are some of my primary tools in my modern Jewish education career. Utilizing technology is important ...

What if God is Praying for You?

“Just call me on my cell. My house can be difficult to find.” I hobbled through the alleyways of the ...

Does Prayer Work?

This week’s Torah portion begins with Moses’s request to enter the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 3 23. And I pleaded with ...

One Small PRAYvor

Prayer is a very personal and private thing. In fact, to be honest to a fault, let me say that ...