Posts tagged ‘holy day’

The Season of Dedication

When the Maccabees finally won back the Temple for the Jewish people, it took eight days to clean and consecrate the holy space. Chanukah derives from…

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Farewell Ushpizot, Ushpizin: Meditation Before Taking Down a Sukkah

Each year, we construct beautiful dwellings for Sukkot. We intentionally create temporary, holy spaces. We invite the presence of honored guests, the ushpizin, seven prophets, patriarchs and kings of…

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Beauty Dances

On Sukkot, joy and beauty arrive. We are called to bring that beauty into the world. This piece appears in This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a…

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Exodus, Again and Again

For Passover, a new prayer for peace and endurance in the face of existential threat, set in the context of history. It’s a reminder of our…

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Vayeshev 5775: For Humility

This week’s Torah reading shows the maturing of Joseph: from a boy who tattles on his brothers, flaunting his dreams and his special coat, to a…

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Redeeming My Life

This is meditation on personal freedom, recognizing that we must first forgive ourselves for our own mistakes and misdeeds before we can fully express love and…

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Elijah, Revised

There’s a special kind of a hope, a kind of hope that opens the heart to our deepest yearning for a world of wholeness and love…

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Inside the (Hanukkah) Light

This meditation carries an echo of Hanukkah. It’s about seeing, feeling and loving the light shining around us, and our yearning to be a source of…

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Yom HaShoah Prayers and Poems

This is a set of six prayers for Yom HaShoah. They can be used as private meditations or in a communal commemoration. Together they serve as a…

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The Season of Counting

This is a meditation on counting. Counting as a spiritual practice is a reminder to stay present in the current moment, the task at hand and…

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