The planting of an orchard, or center of hospitality, could be a whole episode, or maybe an entire series, in a serial story. Within the plot-heavy Torah portion Vayera, ([“And he saw”]: Gen 18:1-22:24 — see My Jewish Learning), however, this bit of narrative can be easily overlooked or dismissed -- it seems so small, … Continue reading Planting Trees, Stretching Glitter
If we start with the intention of learning to build community, how will the questions we ask of Torah change?
Short note on a connecting root shared by birah and berakha.
An individual perceived a structure aglow and asked: "Is no one in charge?" God responds: "We are!"
In the spirit of noticing words with a meaning related to "bending," here are some notes on the root bet-reish-chaf (barakh; berekh)
This post looks at the contrast between "every purpose" and "common purpose" in Ecclesiastes and the Babel story and some related matters of language and poetry.
Among the many useful resources at Gender Spectrum, is this set of responses to "clobber passages" in sacred text, Jewish and Christian. https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/faith-resources-clobber
Our brains tend to create a continuum of experience between birth and death, laughing and weeping. Why, then, are we stuck with the binary, with no spectrum, when it comes to male and female?
"Who can straighten what God has twisted?" The Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which many communities read during the Shabbat of Sukkot or at other points during the festival, tells us: Consider God’s doing! Who can straighten what [God] has twisted? So in a time of good fortune enjoy the good fortune; and in a time … Continue reading What God Has Twisted: Sukkot Addendum
Maybe crookedness is, contrary to Moses' perception, part of how we survive, retain, and share essential aspects of Torah and divinity.