Blog Profile / Velveteen Rabbi


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Blog Post Archive

Benediction on making the culinary combination

For food dipped in honey, say "your love leaves my fingers fragrant." Don't rush to wash. Let sweetness linger. For savory dishes with stone fruits say "may the year balance my sweet with your salt." Let your mouth water. For...

When granting forgiveness is not mandatory

Every year, as the Jewish holidays approach, someone seeks me out because they’re struggling with forgiveness. Maybe this person is the adult child of a narcissist who was a cruel and self-centered parent. Maybe this person feels betrayed by an...

The stranger in our midst: Ki Tavo and Dreamers

At the beginning of this week's Torah portion, Ki Tavo, we read instructions for when we have entered the land of promise. When we enter that land, we are to recount where we came from, remember our hardships in life's...

Yahrzeit

When should I light a mourner's candle in remembrance of my marriage: the date he proposed, or the date we were wed, or the date we agreed we were through? I choose the date when we sat before witnesses and...

Walking in the fields

A field, near where I live. If you've looked up at the night sky recently, perhaps you've noticed that the moon is waxing. We're moving deeper into the month of Elul: the month that leads us to the Days of...

Elul Poem 5777 / New Year's Card 5778

God says: face facts. The old year is ending. You’ve outgrown it. The flowerpot that used to be home isn’t big enough anymore. Once it was spacious. Now your roots push uncomfortably against the walls. It's time to stop contorting.....

New in the Forward: an essay on midlife and Elul

I just wrote my first piece for Scribe at the Forward. It's about the work of midlife -- and the work of this time in the Jewish year. Here's a taste:...Every life involves course corrections, and the midlife years...

Support new Jewish poetry in 5778

I'm a longtime admirer of Ben Yehuda Press. They published Rabbi Jay Michaelson's The Gate of Tears, and Sue Swartz's we who desire, and Rabbi Shefa Gold's Torah Journeys, and they've recently brought out Jews Vs. Zombies. (No, really.) They...

A very special New York City Shabbat

This coming weekend I'll be in New York city for two very different and very special Shabbat experiences. The first is Shabbat By the Sea with Temple Beth-El of City Island. You can read about it in the TBE newsletter....

After Charlottesville

I spent Shabbat in an increasing state of horror about the white supremacist march in Charlottesville. Chants of "blood and soil," "white lives matter," and "Jew will not replace us;" white men carrying torches or wielding swastika-emblazoned flags; the death...

Eat, be satisfied, and bless - a d'var Torah for Eikev

I was working a few days ago with a friend's daughter who's becoming bat mitzvah in a few weeks. I found myself remembering a moment shortly after my own celebration of bat mitzvah. Faced with the prospect of writing a...

49 days until Rosh Hashanah

There are seven weeks between Tisha b'Av and Rosh Hashanah. Forty-nine days between the spiritual low point of our year, and the newest of new beginnings. Reb Zalman z"l taught that these 49 days parallel the 49 days of the...

Balancing joy with sorrow: a d'var Torah for Shabbat Shachor

It's Shabbat Shachor, the "Black Shabbat" that falls right before Tisha b'Av. Today our experience of the sweetness of Shabbat is tempered by awareness of what's broken, from our own ancient stories of destruction and becoming refugees to what we...

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....

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