I’m over at on the Rabbis Without Borders blog of MyJewishLearning.com this week, writing about some personal rituals of remembrance and ancient rituals of Hoshana Rabbah. Please share your thoughts on commemorating the death of a pet; comments on the blog are enabled on Facebook, so it’s easy to invite your friends to join the conversation, as well.
Remembering Jenna: We won’t light a yahrzeit candle or recite a prayer, despite that our personal practice tends toward traditional observance of rituals. Perhaps because we are more traditional it seems inappropriate to memorialize a family pet in the same way one would a human. Still, I wish to honor her memory…Read more →
Yesterday, I received this email that I was mentioned in a tweet. Robbie Medwed, Assistant Director at SOJOURN had invited me to write for their blog, challenging me to put my personal feelings into words. Who knew it would take me more than 750 words?!
In his tweet, Robbie gives me more credit than I feel I deserve. When it comes to work that improves the world, he does the heavy lifting and I mostly offer verbal support. I strive to be faithful to the mission of tikkun olam, repairing the world. I am ever grateful for the ability to engage with people whose work benefits so many.
Tomorrow, as Yom Kippur begins, I will contemplate the ways in which I fell short of my goals and atone for missed opportunities and broken promises. I will commit to be better next year.
Then, next week, during the festival of Sukkot—the season of our joy— I’ll celebrate with SOJOURN at the 44th annual Atlanta Pride Parade.
Proud Parent, Proud Rabbi, Proud Person: There’s a good reason why I’m not marching with my daughter in Atlanta’s Pride Parade this year: I’ll be with my SOJOURN friends and she’ll be with her high school’s GSA. Neither of us will be purposely avoiding the other. It’s just that we each feel more comfortable…Read more →
I’m at the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning this week. Please join me there to share your thoughts on prayer, spirituality, Doctor Who—whatever moves you—and to read words of wisdom posted by my RWB colleagues. Thanks!
Taking the TARDIS to God: For those not immersed in the British television phenomenon that is Doctor Who, TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is the Doctor’s mode of transportation. Because I am not a Whovian, I asked my daughter about it and…Read more →
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Here are some of my latest mixed-media pieces:
Title: Tefilah TARDIS, inscribed with verse from poetry of Yehudah HaLevi
(Lucite box, chalkboard paint, paint, paper, glue, found objects)
Title: Peace Prayer TARDIS, inscribed with phrase from morning liturgy
(Lucite box, chalkboard paint, paint, paper, oil pastels, glue, polymer clay, found object)