Tag Archives: shofar

Power, Oppression and the Hardened Heart

The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart is one of the most confusing aspects of the Exodus story, but has perhaps the most to teach us about freedom and oppression in our world today.

Something New, Higher and Unexpected

Long ago, in our ancestral past, a deep split occurred in Judaism, creating a division between the person of intellect and the person of the earth.

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.