Category Archives: Wrath of God

No Accidental Emission

   Part One: The ultra orthodox establishment in Israel is reportedly losing sleep over women’s demands for equality. While the conflict has serious socio-political implications for national survival, I find myself haunted by one detail of the ultra-orthodox men’s recent … Continue reading

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Love Affair

All this summer I’ve carried on an open love affair with the Deerfield River. It is my ritual every weekday afternoon to go to a secluded woodsy spot where I am often the only visitor. When alone, I glide naked … Continue reading

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A Confrontational Face

When we are first introduced to Miriam in the Bible, the times are bleak. The Egyptian Pharaoh has decreed that all baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves be immediately put to death. This is an edict or gezera to … Continue reading

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Cinnamon and Myrrh

I don’t know that much about Chochma, the feminine embodiment of wisdom. But in the Book of Ecclesiastes she is a lively presence. With seeming delight she tells us all about herself, letting us know, “I was there from before … Continue reading

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Tsunami

In the Noah story, God is angry enough to bring about a flood that destroys the entire world. How does it feel to be so angry that you willfully destroy everything you have lovingly created? Is such an over-the-top response … Continue reading

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Dare to be Spared

  Mine was not alone of the fathers I knew who struggled with emotional disequilibrium. He was not the only pious devotee who periodically, at terrifyingly unpredictable intervals, flipped out. Even (or especially) many of those most revered for their … Continue reading

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What To Do

I know what it is to cower in fear against abusive verbal rants that in the case of my manic-depressive father could spew volcanic for cataclysmic days on end. Screams from the depth of his inchoate hell reach a soul-ripping … Continue reading

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