Table Talk
Table Talk: Shelach

The Golden Calf and The Spies: The Midrash implies that there is a very strong connection between the sin of the Golden Calf and that of the spies: “And God said, ‘I have forgiven them as you said.’” (Numbers 14:20)
The Attraction Of The Mystical

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God Who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” (Galileo, 1615) I agree with Galileo, however, I seem to be in a shrinking minority. I have recently...

Train in the Distance

What is the point of this story What information pertains The thought that life could be better Is woven indelibly Into our hearts And our brains Paul Simon: Train in the Distance The point of the story of the State of Israel, as is that of the story of the Jewish people,...

Ever Since Adam and Cain Part Two

People have been having difficulty finding their place ever since Adam and Cain. Adam was sent out from the safe environment of the Garden into a strange world. God told Cain, “You shall become a vagrant and wanderer on earth.” (Genesis 4:12) Abraham wandered for many...

Haftarah: Emor: My Cohen

Ezekiel 44:15-31: What kind of experience will be my first offering in the Third Temple? I imagine I will feel awesome excitement. I want it to be perfect. There will be long lines of anxious people and probably hundreds of extra altars as occurred
He Glanced & Died

And he pressed on to the limits without limits, where opposites unify. And he pressed on further, and discovered the crooked most straight of all paths, And took it until he arrived some time at a place without time and without place. (Hayim Nahman Bialik; "Hetsits Vamet, He Glanced and He...

The Noise of Holiness

Gwen Harwood’s marvelous poem on death ends: [Death]’ll wear my face and yours. Not as we were, thank God. As we shall be When we let go of the world, late ripe fruit falling. What we are is beyond him utterly. As wonderful as her poem may be, I do...