17 of Tammuz…

I think it’s interesting that the Torah portion for this fast day, sort of a bucket list of Jewish woe (Moses smashes the tablets on Mount Sinai in response to finding the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, during the Babylonian siege we can’t get sheep and are forced to stop the daily tamid offering at the Temple, an idol is placed in the… Read more →

Some Delicious Raisins, Lots of Shitty Bread

Going through my files of writing, looking for idea lists that I’ve previously made so I’m not always recreating the wheel. I’ve done some good work over the years, some of it pretty extensive, and had some good ideas for pieces and projects that haven’t gone very far. But little of it has been sewn up and worn outdoors. Read more →

I was laying on my back in the driveway. I have a huge to-do list, and I don’t know what to do. I could focus on any of them but they all feel useless, or not useless, but not really like they get at IT, at what I’m supposed to be doing. So I lay on my back and asked… Read more →

Hanukka Retrospective

  When you engage with Jewish holidays in the US, they feel slippery, like how you only see ghosts and fairies out of the corners of your eyes. But each holiday has its own quality of slipperiness. With Chanuka, first, I never spell it the same way twice, because it comes from a different alphabet, and I don’t trust Spell… Read more →

Love Is Just Around the Corner…

Some people know, and some people don’t, so here’s the skinny… Yes, we bought a house. At its core it’s an old farmhouse, and then it has weird additions. It’s on 3/4 of an acre and around the corner from where we live now–Rachel counted, and it’s actually 15 doors down, a 10 minute walk. We’re slowly taking things over… Read more →

Nine Philly Rabbis & Jewish community members arrested protesting Dakota Access Pipeline at TD Bank

“In the week in which we read in the Torah the story of the great flood and Noah’s Ark and in which we begin the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, we immerse ourselves in liturgy and narrative about water. Now is the time to honor Native rights and environmental justice by taking action in solidarity,” said Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Kol Tzedek Synagogue who… Read more →