Weaning: A Torah Tale for a Brave New Year

FROM A VERY young age, sitting duti­fully through Rosh Hashanah services and sermons, I pondered the sages’ decision to focus on the complex narratives found in the holiday Torah readings. In recent years I have experimented with dramatizing and explor­ing the deeply relevant themes of these tales — the miraculous conception of 90-year-old Sarah in […]

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Breaking the Matza

    We broke up on the day before Purim. A full moon later, I was not in the mood for a joyous Passover Seder. But the moon was full, the spring air clear, and so we gathered around a beautiful table, fragrant with familiar ritual. With great pomp and a flourish, we removed the […]

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Understanding Esther

Chronicles of a Bible class   1. And it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, this is Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Africa, over one hundred and twenty seven provinces; (Esther 1:1, Soncino Bible)   Now it came to pass in the days of Ahashverosh, (this is Ahashverosh whoreigned, from Hoddu as […]

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Behind The Curtain: The Story of Storahtelling

In July 1996 my father turned seventy and our entire tribe gathered at a hotel on the slopes of Mt. Hermon in Northern Israel for a celebratory weekend. As soon as we arrived at the hotel on Friday afternoon, my older brother, an Orthodox rabbi, proceeded to hastily convert the hotel’s lounge bar into a […]

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The Dress: A Purim Fairy Tale

June 2010 The dress, blue and billowing, appeared out of nowhere and vanished right back. Maybe it never really existed? The facts don’t matter much. This is a different kind of knowing. The dress, a perfect fit, taught me the most unusual and subtle of Jewish commandments: Know yourself by transforming yourself: turn reality upside […]

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