Parshat Beshalach, On Holistic Healing and Release from the Bondage of Dogmatic Religion

For a printable PDF please click here:parshat beshalach 5779 In the merit of a full refua for my dear mother Mindel Liba Bat Fayga Perl As humans we are inclined towards binary methods of seeing the world. Black-white, real-unreal, atheist-believer,

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The Last Kaddish

THE LAST KADDISH This shabbat I will say the last kaddish for my father ז”ל. I will stand as I have now hundreds of times and repeat the mantra said by my ancestors countless times throughout our history. Yitkadal vayitkadash,

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Parshat Toldot: ‘הנני Hinneni’ – On Identity Development in an Instant World

I share a short thought from a very long blog with slight reluctance.  We live in a world where memes and twitters are about the length of our concentration. This week it becomes even more relevant since this theme of

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Measles, car crashes, Pittsburgh and Aliza Bloch

  Yesterday morning I was sitting in a lecture and the classic conundrum of determinism v agency arose. This is the age old question of is everything predetermined or are we autonomous free willed beings in control of our own

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Lecha Lecha – Altneuland (Herzl’s ‘Old New land’) – A musing on Avraham’s journey

Lecha Lecha – Altneuland (Herzl’s ‘Old New land’) – A musing on Avraham’s journey These words by T.S .Elliot in Little Gidding echo the journey of Avraham “What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B and Teshuva as the Philosophy of Resilience

For a printable PDF please click here:T Option B and Teshuva FINAL ולרפואתו של מינדל ליבא בת פידע פרל In Loving Memory of Johnny Wiesenbergז”ל In the merit of a complete recovery of Mindel Liba Bat Fayga Perl Ellul is

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A Thought for Rosh Chodesh Ellul 5778

It always bothered me that the whole of Ellul and the entire yom kippur davening was about penitence, shame, guilt and contrition. Still now I find these concepts very challenging, and in many ways very ‘non Jewish’. But just recently

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