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Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

Originally posted on The Weekly Sift:
Tea Partiers say you don’t understand them because you don’t understand American history. That’s probably true, but not in the way they want you to think. Late in 2012, I came out of the…

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Moving to a New Channel

Beloved readers! Having moved over the past few years from blogging to artistic writing, I decided to create a new channel — I’ll maintain Almost Jewish as a resource for a good while yet, but I do hope you’ll follow me … Continue reading

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Psalm 27

My being here is proof Of vast conspiracies defeated And all my varied longings come to this — To stand, a broken, beating heart And ask, and beg, just one more day! A glimpse, a taste, a brush of love … Continue reading

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Help with Hallel?

Lovely readers, I am working on a textual meditation of sorts for a Passover seder, and I would be grateful if you could share, by comment or privately, anything that comes up for you in response to the following: “Describe a … Continue reading

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Vayikra, And God Called Out: An Invitation to Gender Justice

Originally posted on Queering Jew:
The following is a d’var Torah I delivered at Hillel B’nai Torah this past Shabbat, at the invitation of Rabbi Barbara Penzner, on the occasion of International Women’s Day Shabbat.  A note of gratitude: All…

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Taking on the Akeidah

I had an opening, with the help and support of some holy chevrei, to take on Binding of Isaac and accompanying meditations that occupy a conspicuous space during the morning blessings. This is what came out. My God and the God of … Continue reading

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Psalm 147 — For Skeptics

PSALM 147 FOR SKEPTICS Loose takes on the themes and images presented in each line of the original text… 1. What does “Praise Yah!” mean? Think of a time – I know you’ve had one – maybe singing the one … Continue reading

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