Monthly Archives: February 2011

Estranged: New York City, 2005

How then to come to terms with Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg? She is a soft-spoken Jewish scholar, whose earrings tinkle playfully in the microphone when she addresses a rapt crowd.  A PhD. in English literature from Cambridge University, at ease … Continue reading

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Mismatch

For three decades of my adult life, beginning in my early twenties, I kept far away from Jewish life. I’ve since spent decades unraveling the many reason for my departure from the tradition in which I was assiduously raised. Let’s … Continue reading

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The Sacred Vista

Eckhard Tolle, author of Power of Now, writes a lot about the pain-body and the importance of dissolving it.  The pain–body  is Tolle’s term for all the accumulated emotional pain that occupies our minds and bodies. He considers the pain-body … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Void

In the Bible portion of this week, the newly liberated Israelites grow troubled while waiting for Moses to descend from the mountain with Divine revelation. In their impatience and fear, they clamor to make themselves a new god, one whom … Continue reading

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And You Will Love (too)

And You Will Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might … I grew up with that dictate. Yet, And You Will Love falls oddly on the ears; how can anyone … Continue reading

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The Masculine Mystique

There’s a lot of buzz these days about Stephanie Coontz’s new book A Strong Stirring, an assessment of Betty Friedans’s 1963 manifesto The Feminine Mystique.  It’s stirring up some personal memories of my own. I was not quite fourteen back … Continue reading

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From the Fringe

In my childhood, every weekday morning began the recitation of morning prayers, a kind of lengthy assembly for a pledge of allegiance to God. On winter dawns such as this one, gathering inside for prayer was a relief from the … Continue reading

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