State of Formation

The Womb From Which the World Came

Rosh Hashanah is known, among other names, as Hayom Harat Olam, the day the world is conceived. Today is when the forces of the universe unite and the possibility of something new is formed.

Serving God in Our Day

My earliest concepts of God, gleaned from my religious training, were of a power distant and removed at best and vindictive and frightening at worst.

A Woman is Acquired

“A woman is acquired [in marriage] in three ways…by money, by document, or by intercourse.” This is how the first mishnah in the tractate Kiddushin begins.

The Challenge of Becoming Israel

Seven weeks after the fall holidays have ended this week’s Torah reading, Vayishlach, offers us a path back into the work of teshuva.

To Till and to Tend

In Genesis we read that God places Adam in the garden “to serve it and to guard it.” Why was this humanity’s original purpose in the Garden of Eden and what can we learn from this as we approach the Jewish High Holy Days?

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