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Blue Bird – Gimmel Tammuz

I never really got my Lamaze breathing down pat. When it came to the labor of my daughter, I preferred to gaze intently at a mandala and say psalm twenty up to three times. That’s about how long it took for my belly to bend inwards in her effort to get the new life out….

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Did G-d Give the Torah at Sinai?

Or is the Claim Fake News? Throughout history, skeptics have questioned whether G-d gave the Torah at Sinai.  With the entire notion of “fact” and “truth” in ambivalent fluidity as never before, that question rings louder than ever. Counter-intuitively the glut of Fake News sheds light on the Giving of the Torah! In the podcast below,…

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A Prayer for One’s Children by the Holy Shelah

A New Translation of a Seasoned Prayer for One’s Children to be Said on the Eve of the New Moon of Sivan This prayer was composed by the Shelah Hakadosh to express the prayers of parents on behalf of their children. The Shelah said the optimal time for parents to recite this prayer is on…

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Transformation Through Self-Expression

  The African image that most captured my imagination in school was the repeated theme of a body with a head at either end of the torso. It’s really a sculpture of a woman giving birth as the baby’s head emerges. In some ways, the two-headed torso is the exact opposite of the more Eastern…

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Transformation Through Intimacy

The Mystical Counting of the Omer, Part VI The Kabbalah of Head and Heart Stereotypically, men are often described as physical beings detached from heart and soul. Maybe that’s born of the fact that while they certainly have intense feelings and emotions, when it comes to intimacy, men seem to be able to separate their…

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Do I Have to Forgive Terrorists?

Last week I spoke on the topic of forgiveness at the Manhattan JCC. The Q&A followed an interactive exercise and my thoughts on two Secrets of Forgiveness. A woman in the back raised her hand. “Do we have to forgive terrorists?” she asked. As I began my response, a mutual friend nudged her. “Tell her…

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4 Steps to Healing our Relationships with our Mothers and Ourselves

A Not-Your-Mother’s-Day Reflection 1: Let go of insisting on perfection About a year ago I spoke to a group of women in Pittsburgh.  The topic was, “Will the Real Jewish Woman Please Stand Up?”  The energy was already upbeat and intimate by the time I made reference to the famous text, “Woman of Strength” which…

Waiting, Anxiety, Finding Peace & Lag B'Omer Mendy.Tannersville.Fire

Waiting, Anxiety, Finding Peace & Lag B’Omer

Waiting for G-dot On a sand road that snaked away from the Drakensburg Mountains, I once saw an African thorn tree.  The branches spread open like an umbrella.  Its blackened thorns poked angry exclamation marks into the sky!  To my childhood eyes, it seemed the tree was waiting.  But whether for rain to give life…

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The Silent Koan of a Holy Kohen

The Article that Lead to a Profound Interaction between Rabbi Simon Jacobson and Leonard Cohen By Simon Jacobsons (This article was written by the wise and sagacious Rabbi Simon Jacobson. It spurred an as yet unpublished profound written conversation between him and Leonard Cohen. I thank him for the permission to reprint. Discover more of…