Blog Profile / Velveteen Rabbi


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Blog Post Archive

Seven poems for ma'ariv

Many years ago, my friend Teju Cole put together a collection of contemporary poems with the intention of praying them daily as though they were liturgy. I remember printing them out and putting them on my desk in my study,...

God in exile, school shootings, and building the mishkan together

In this week's Torah portion, Terumah, we read ????????? ???? ?????????? ?????????????? ?????????? / "Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I might dwell within them." (Or "among them.") The word "I might dwell" is ????? / shachanti -- the...

Joyful Life As A Religious Minority - on Reports from the Spiritual Frontier

I was interviewed recently for the podcast Reports from the Spiritual Frontier. My episode is live now, and the host -- my friend and colleague Ben Yosua-Davis -- titled it "Joyful Life As A Religious Minority." Here's what he wrote...

Gifts from this year's Rabbis Without Borders retreat

The first night of this year's Rabbis Without Borders alumni fellows gathering opens with a jam-session-style ma'ariv (evening service). Rabbi Ben Newman of Shtiebl has assembled a set of songs that fit the evening service -- sometimes using English words,...

Off to Rabbis Without Borders (again)

I'm off today to Pearlstone for the annual alumni gathering of Rabbis Without Borders fellows. As always, I'm looking forward to reconnecting with colleagues and friends across the denominational (and trans-denominational) spectrum. This year we'll be hearing from guest speakers...

On building and making our tradition our own

...The Talmud draws a connection between children and builders. (The connection relies on a Hebrew pun between two words that sound almost the same.) All of us are tradition’s children, inheritors of richness from those who came before us. And...

February: turning toward the light

February can be a tough month. The Jewish spiritual calendar says we've taken our first steps toward the rising sap of spring, but the rising sap -- both literal and metaphorical -- is invisible to the human eye. In New...

In the tradition of Rumi...

The incomparable @velveteenrabbi has a new book of poems out, in the tradition of Rumi, Yehuda HaLevi, and Elazar ben Moshe Azikri. Get yours: https://t.co/W9QHyslxmx pic.twitter.com/seTiujkujN — Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) February 1, 2018 I'm proofing the pre-publication galley copy...

Once more, with pigment

Tying tzitzit has become one of my favorite mitzvot. It's funny to remember that a mere four years ago the practice was new to me. I learned how to tie tzitzit in order to try out the mitzvah of wearing...

Building together, and the rotating rebbe chair

When the seven of us came together to form Bayit, we brainstormed not only the kinds of projects we want to take on, but also the kinds of structures we need to build in order to support the work. Our...

The gift of an immersive Shabbat

When I started teaching my Journey Into Judaism class, I knew what experience I most wanted to give my students: an immersive Shabbat. The texture of time shifts over the course of the day. There's the anticipatory energy of Friday....

How to celebrate Tu BiShvat (and a renewed haggadah from Bayit)

Tu BiShvat, the "new year of the trees," is coming at the very next full moon, the night of January 30. If you'd like to celebrate Tu BiShvat at home with friends or family, it's easy to do -- and...

"Come to Pharaoh," and whom we choose to serve

This week's Torah portion is called Bo, for its opening words ????? ?????? ??–??? ?? ??–???? / Vayomer YHVH el-Moshe, "Bo el-Paro" -- "And God said to Moshe, 'Come to Pharaoh.'" Most translations say "Go to Pharaoh." But the Hebrew....

If we will it... (on #HolyWomenHolyLand, #MLK, and hope)

Recently I've been following a series of stories online, hashtagged #HolyWomenHolyLand -- written by a group of six rabbis and five pastors (all women) who have been traveling together in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Their updates have been heartbreaking...

Rabbi Roundtable: Looking 50 years into the future

This week's Rabbi Roundtable asks us to imagine the Jewish community of 50 years in the future. I'm surprised, this week, by how many of my colleagues don't seem to feel as optimistic as I do about the Jewish future!...

Texts to the Holy: now available for pre-order!

This is a happy week for publishing news around these parts! A few days ago I shared with y'all about Beside Still Waters, a volume for mourners to be released this spring by Ben Yehuda Press and Bayit: Your Jewish...

Coming in 2018: Beside Still Waters from Bayit and Ben Yehuda Press

One of the things I'm most excited about in the secular new year is a new publishing partnership between Ben Yehuda Press -- the press that published Open My Lips, and will publish Texts to the Holy this spring! --...

The Last Jedi through a Jewish lens

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was deeply satisfying to me on several levels. I appreciated its feminism, especially in this current political moment when women's leadership has felt devalued in the public sphere. I enjoyed its subversive qualities. And most...

A woman of valor

A woman of valor! Worth more than business class tickets to anywhere. Every day I pack my son's lunch, tuck his homework into his backpack. I pay the mortgage. I ensure my car is legal and fit to drive. I...

Miketz: letting yourself dream

The beginning of this week's Torah portion, Miketz, describes two of Pharaoh's dreams. First he dreamed about seven healthy cows who got devoured by seven gaunt cows. Then he dreamed about seven healthy ears of grain that got devoured by...

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