Shabbat BeHar Sinai: What do kidneys have to do with Sinai?

חוֹקֵר כְּלָיוֹת חָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ רַחֵם עָלֵינוּ You, Examiner of Kidneys, we have sinned before you, have compassion upon us! from the Selikhot prayers of the Edot haMizrakhi, the Jews of the Middle East This week our parashat hashavua is BeHar Sinai, “on Mt Sinai.” It seems jarring to us and strange to see this reference to Mt Sinai longContinue reading “Shabbat BeHar Sinai: What do kidneys have to do with Sinai?”

Shabbat Kedoshim: What Does It Mean to Be Holy In This World?

On this particular week in the 21st century, from the perspective of the east side of Portland Oregon in the U.S. in the western hemisphere of planet Earth, a small planet in a mid-sized galaxy in a Universe beyond our understanding, much has occurred. So much that is beyond our ability to embrace with ourContinue reading “Shabbat Kedoshim: What Does It Mean to Be Holy In This World?”