January 2018


SeaClaude Debussy said, “Music is the silence between the notes.”

Perhaps, but when I think of the absences and the possibilities for expression in Judaism today, I tend more toward an admonition and a musical instruction from another composer, John Cage: “Begin anywhere.”

An anticipatory hush, or a resting...

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Mystery of Midnight

Midnight“It was a night of watching by the Eternal One, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the Eternal One by all the people of Israel, throughout their generations.” (Exodus 12:42) 

“And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the...

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God to Pharaoh

Pharaoh“See I have made you as a god unto Pharaoh.” (Exodus 7:1) 

“Pharaoh was one of four men mentioned in scripture who declared themselves gods, and thereby ended up emasculating themselves.” (Midrash Genesis Rabbah 5:2) 

This week’s Torah reading begins the grand and devastating display of...

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Diving in to Destiny

Diving in to DestinyAt the end of the book of Genesis the sons of Jacob, for whom Israel’s tribes are named, hear blessings from their father that are not just poetic, but oracular. The patriarch’s expressions are more than mere appreciations – and, in some instances, critiques – of his sons; his words...

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