Blog Profile / Velveteen Rabbi


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Blog Post Archive

The Book of Joy

When a friend told me that she was reading a series of dialogues between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on joy, my first thought was "I need to read that too." Their dialogues are published in...

Always

When I say I love you I mean always: when you greet the day with exultation and when you wake with tears when you shine like the skies and when you're clenched in despair's grip, every drop of joy wrung...

Learning to Walk in the Dark

If you are in the middle of your life, maybe some of your dreams of God have died hard under the weight of your experience. You have knocked on doors that have not opened. You have asked for bread and...

A ritual for the end of Pesach

"Is there something like havdalah for the end of Pesach?" That question was brought to me a few days ago by my friend and colleague Reverend Rick Spalding. Reverend Rick has, in the past, expressed to me his "holy envy"...

Deep Ecumenism and Being a Mixed Multitude

One of the things I love about the Passover story is that every year the story is the same, and every year I hear it anew. (This is true of the whole Torah, too, but I knew and loved the...

Ready to be changed

This week we're taking a break from the regular cycle of Torah readings. Our special Torah reading for Shabbat Chol Ha-Moed Pesach, the Shabbat that comes in the midst of this festival, returns us to the book of Exodus. In...

Layers of Hallel, layers of time

On the first morning of Pesach I took my pocket siddur onto my mirpesset (balcony) and davened the psalms of Hallel. I sang them quietly enough not to disturb my neighbors, but loud enough to hear myself singing. I hadn't...

Pesach is almost here!

Pesach is almost upon us! Many of you may be scurrying around today making final preparations for seder -- but on the off-chance that you're looking for some thematic reading, here are some posts I've shared on Pesach themes over...

Thanks, JWI!

Deep thanks to the folks at Jewish Women International for the lovely write-up on the Velveteen Rabbi's Haggadah for Pesach! Here's a taste: “I know some people use my Haggadah whole cloth and some use excerpts with whatever Seder they...

Cleaning (the internal) house before Pesach

It's Shabbat HaGadol, "The Great Shabbat" -- the Shabbat that comes right before Pesach. Traditionally, this is the day when rabbis are supposed to give lengthy sermons on the importance of properly cleaning one's house for Pesach and getting rid...

Parsley dipped in tears

A few weeks ago, on a Friday morning, I walked with a dear friend in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Where we live the world was covered with a winter coat of snow, but in Georgia the first stirrings of spring...

Glimpses of a week in Alabama

There are so many things about my week in Alabama that I wish I could share with y'all. The preaching at 16th Street Church in Birmingham last Sunday. I had thought I would miss the service, but the Jewish student...

What silence conceals and reveals - at My Jewish Learning

...It’s easy to shy away from Leviticus. The middle book of the Torah, Leviticus is rife with the details of a sacrificial system we haven’t practiced in the better part of 2,000 years. (And most contemporary Jews have no interest.....

An interfaith service trip to Alabama (after Shabbat)

At the blessed crack of well-before-dawn on Sunday I'm heading south for what promises to be a truly extraordinary week. Each year, the chaplains at Williams College partner with the Center for Learning in Action on an interfaith service trip...

Looking ahead to the Omer

I have loved Pesach since I was a kid. All my life it has been the brightest star in my firmament, the holiday I look forward to the most. And many of the things that I loved about it when...

On divorce and ambiguous loss

"I think this might speak to you," said my friend Cate as she sent me a link to The Myth of Closure, a July 2016 episode of On Being featuring Dr. Pauline Boss. In interviewer Krista Tippett's words, the episode...

Book news!

I'm delighted to be able to announce this happy news: Ben Yehuda Press will be publishing my next collection of poems, Texts to the Holy! Many of the poems from Texts to the Holy have appeared on this blog over...

Poem at The Rise Up Review

I'm honored to be today's featured poet at The Rise Up Review. The poem of mine that they're featuring today is the first poem I wrote during 2017: Here's the page containing my poem and bio; here's the index page,...

New at Ritualwell: When Jews and Muslims Pray Together

"I'm deeply distressed at the desecration of Jewish cemeteries," said my colleague Sharif at the weekly chaplains' staff meeting at our small liberal arts college. "I'm deeply distressed by the mosques set afire," I said to him in return. We...

God says yes

I will keep company with you where you go I will go when bitter exile narrows your horizon your tight straits will be mine too let me lift you from the ashes, dress you in nothing but light like a...

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