Blog Profile / Velveteen Rabbi


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Blog Post Archive

Open to me

My breasts are full and tender: I ache to give to you. Say yes and I will bathe you in flowing milk and honey. Taste and see that I am good. How I yearn for you to know me! I...

When you cry out

You think I'm not listening. You can't feel my hand on your shoulderblade, my lips pressed to your forehead my heart, ground down with yours into the dust of the earth. Sweet one, I feel your grief like a black...

Passing the Flame Forward: A Letter from Rachel and David

In early 2015 it was announced that we would serve as the next co-chairs of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Today we announce that we are stepping down. Our term will end in July. When we began, we saw four...

I want

I want with all my might to give you milk and honey aspire only to feed you (look: you're skin and bones, the Jewish mother in me aches to fill your plate) but not just nutrients: like manna that took...

When Mother's Day hurts

In the United States today is Mother's Day. We're reminded of that in a million little ways: from television commercials for Hallmark cards, to ads for Mother's Day brunch deals, to countless social media postings about mothers and motherhood. I'm...

A crack in everything

In this week's Torah portion, Emor, we read that no one who has a defect may draw near to God through offering sacrifices on the altar. And then Torah goes into exquisite detail about all of the different kinds of...

Missing you

Dear one, I left love notes for you everywhere today -- tucked into the petals of the tulip magnolia encoded in the braille of black willow bark, hidden in the patterns of rain on your windshield -- but you didn't...

Shabbat, renewal, and you

A d'var Torah offered at Congregation Bet Ha'Am in Portland, Maine. Offered aloud by me; jointly written by me and Rabbi David. Welcome home. Why am I welcoming you home when you live here and I'm the visitor? I don't...

A welcome message to Bet Ha'Am

For those who are interested... here's the welcome video we made to introduce ourselves to the community at Bet Ha'Am, where we'll be Bernstein scholars-in-residence this weekend. Over the course of three minutes, we talk a little bit about Jewish...

How to embrace living in the unknown, in The Wisdom Daily

...When I accept that I can’t wholly know what my future will hold, I open myself to possibility. There are things I hope will happen. There are things I hope won’t happen. But I affirm that I don’t actually know...

Because

????? ???? ????: ??? ?????? Love your other as yourself: I am God. - Lev. 19:18 Because I am God I ache to give sweetness my cup spills over every time you need or hurt Because I carry your heart...

Healing and second chances

A few days ago we entered into the new month of Iyar. Here's my favorite teaching about the month of Iyar: its name is an acronym for something beautiful. Torah teaches that after the children of Israel crossed through the...

Coming to Maine!

The month of May is almost upon us, and with it comes a weekend I've been looking forward to for some time: an opportunity to visit Congregation Bet Ha'Am in Portland, Maine with Rabbi David Evan Markus! We're honored to...

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...

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