Blog Profile / Velveteen Rabbi


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Archived Since:June 6, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg's Nurture the Wow

Somewhere in my first year or two of parenthood, it dawned on me -- through the haze of fatigue, laundry, diapers, and tantrums (Yonatan's and mine both) -- that I actually had access to a treasure trove of wisdom that...

Breathing space

To be fully alive and fully human, we need space, or room to breathe. This need is fundamental: it is rooted in our everyday experience. We all know what it is like to feel crowded, pressed, or overwhelmed. We know...

Falling Upward

One day recently, two friends from completely different quadrants of my life sent me a gorgeous Rilke poem that Father Richard Rohr had posted on his website. I had run across the poem myself a few months before, and had...

Why three weeks of grief can help us heal - in The Wisdom Daily

...The Jewish calendar gives us these Three Weeks as a time for feeling the brokenness that characterizes every heart and every life. These weeks offer an invitation, and an opportunity to feel what hurts. Not because we’re going to stay...

Days of closeness, days when God feels far away

The Jewish calendar is filled with moadim. Usually that word is translated as "festivals," though it literally means "appointed times." Each year we have moadim of closeness to God, and also moadim of distance from God. The Days of Awe...

A week of learning and togetherness

When I come down to breakfast, I find two friends at the table enjoying coffee. It takes approximately five minutes for us to wind up in a halakhic conversation. It's about the psycho-spiritual, halakhic, and pastoral implications of seeking to...

Renewing Judaism

Renewing Judaism happens everywhere. That's one of the things that was affirmed for David and me during the Listening Tour: the renewing of Judaism is, and always has been, bigger than any organization. And that's exactly how it should be....

About Bypassing

A few days ago I mentioned spiritual bypassing in my commentary on a short Hasidic text. A few of you reached out to me after that post went out, asking for more about spiritual bypassing: what it it, how can...

The need for justice to balance love

Earlier this week, David and I studied a fabulous text from the Hasidic rabbi known as the Kedushat Levi (R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev), to whom I was first introduced by R' Elliot Ginsburg, my teacher of Hasidut in rabbinical...

#NOTALLWOMEN

"Not all women, trees, or ovens are identical." -- Mishna Pesachim 3:4, in the name of R' Akiva Some women like winter. Some incubate babies and some have no uterus. Some wear eyeliner. Some are happiest in Israeli sandals flaunting...

So much (Ahavah Rabbah)

Dear One, you love me so much you give me your Torah for argument and play waltzing and conversation from one life to the next. Your Torah nourishes me, familiar as the womb. Wrap me tight in your Torah like...

Good

Beloved, You are good and you wield goodness in shaping creation and every single day in Your goodness and with Your goodness You make us new with all created things. You make me new. I cling to yesterday (who would...

Change

1. The CSA's first distribution week: the flower gardent nascent, not yet formed. The fields are all potential. No one knows what plagues or pleasures yet will come to pass. Who can say which plants will thrive this year? This...

Holding my hand

When I wrap the straps around my arm Shekhinah holds my hand. Her small brown fingers intertwine with mine. She holds on tight. She whispers courage in my ear. Says "don't hold up: be held." Kisses my forehead, a mother...

the skies here

All through the long winter, I wait with eager anticipation for the long days of June. I have this in common with my mom, who also loves summertime's long days -- though at her latitude the winter days aren't as...

In humbling company

Although this came out a month ago, it only last night reached my eyes: Judaism Shines Through All They Do: Ginsburg, Sandberg, Barenblat. Written by Haley Codron, this opinion piece ran last month in the Orlando Sentinel, and it puts...

Light

Step one: we attuned ourselves to light. I don't mean the sun, but what came first. (Heavenly bodies were day four.) The fire of the burning bush, the glowing cloud that hovered over the mishkan, the presence of creation's supernal....

Glimpses of Shavuot 5777

Isabella Freedman, where I just spent Shavuot. Back when I first started blogging, I used to write about every retreat I attended. I was so thirsty for connection with Jewish tradition and with God! I kept a paper journal tucked...

First fruits

????? ?? ???? -- Master of the Universe ?????, ???? ????? -- Divine Presence, Source of our Lives: We come before You today in celebration And in gratitude. We come before You Bearing the first fruits of spring harvest Grown...

Shavuot and parenthood, then and now

When I think of my last Shavuot of rabbinical school, all I can remember are glimpses. Like the slide shows that I remember my parents used to project on the dining room wall. Most of my memories of my son's...

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