Category: Religion

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 →

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 →

Getting a Master of Divinity

I’ve decided to move forward on getting a Master of Divinity, or MDiv. Why? A reason I’m working to become an independent chaplain to people who are dying, and to their families–an Advocate for the Spirit, I’ve sometimes thought would be a better name for what I want to do–is because our death is real, and the anticipation of our death is something I see shared… Read more →

Weekly Reflection #3: Week of September 20, 2015

I feel like I’m learning to live on a very small boat, both because my life during this time has gotten simpler and more focused—I’ve had to cut extraneous activities since starting, and my family has stood as a crew with me to make this happen—and because I’m really feeling the balance that’s necessary between the desire to help individuals… Read more →

Pope Champions Radical Catholic Rabble-Rouser Dorothy Day | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

It was probably because of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers Movement that I was able to come to my Judaism–any religion–in an open-hearted way. In the eighties, I went to jail for civil disobedience in Florida around the first test of the Trident2 missile. While all of us 20-year old boys were locked up and bumping egos about who… Read more →