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Judaism is Not a Monster in the Woods

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November 4, 2013

How do we measure being Jewish? Or how the Jewish people are doing? We have the old question, “Is it good for the Jews?” that our parents or grandparents would ask at cultural bellwether moments – when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, when Bob Dylan went electric, when the second Gulf War happened.

“God’s Tomatoes”

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You might recall the oft-quoted Chief Seattle teaching: “The Earth Does Not Belong to Man, Man Belongs to the Earth.” This week we have the same teaching in the Torah – “The land is mine. You are but strangers and sojourners in it.” What does this mean?

Love Songs

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Despite the fact that traditional commentators describe the Song of Songs as a metaphor for the love between G-d and Israel (which is also a wonderful and mysterious idea), we can’t get around the fact that in its simple reading, it is an erotic poem between two flesh and blood lovers.

Reflections on Black Friday

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The name ‘Black Friday’ has always sounded to me like the commemoration of a massacre, as opposed to what has become a kind of pseudo national holiday. The way the calendar is structured, an alien new to this planet would think Americans give thanks on Thursday for the unencumbered right to shop on Friday.

Let Our Hour Be Vast As The River

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For a long time now, I have been reading poetry, but most poems I read
 I cannot understand. Even when I do believe that I understand, they 
often fail to move me. My friend Michael has said that of one hundred
poems he might come across, ninety-nine of them would be lost on him.

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