On the 20th Yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin

SONG OF PEACE On the death of Rabin   Death itself is no surprise, of course, least of all my own – oh, but I hear you crying out as you take the wound with me, you too, bled by the years, a hundred, a thousand years of war – this madness that would breachContinue reading “On the 20th Yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin”

Shabbat Noakh 5776: Raging Seas

These are difficult days. The bad news from Israel, and from so many other places of hurting and hatred, seems to come in waves, deep ones. On such a day as this one feels as if one might drown. The imagery of Jonah’s cry is gripping: The waters compassed me about, even unto the soul; theContinue reading “Shabbat Noakh 5776: Raging Seas”

Shabbat Bereshit: We’ll Keep the Light On

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep (Bereshit 1:2) First comes darkness, then light.  (Talmud Bavli, Shabbat 77b) At the beginning, there is darkness. This is not only true of the account of Creation as we find it in the Book we call Bereshit, known in English as “Genesis”.Continue reading “Shabbat Bereshit: We’ll Keep the Light On”