Humble homes, or: Holy Temple

A haibun Since beginning my journey towards living a traditionally observant Jewish life more than two decades ago, I've become very sensitive to the moon's phases, for Jewish holidays are celebrated according to their Hebrew calendar dates; and every new moon marks the start of a Hebrew month. We have three Jewish pilgrimage festivals, during… Continue reading Humble homes, or: Holy Temple

Empowered Judaism – the opportunity

Why "redemptive"? My wife tells me that I should calm down regarding the school that our daughter will be attending next year. I'm trying to, but I won't be able to get this out of my system unless I hash out my thoughts in writing. This isn't easy for me to write about succinctly because… Continue reading Empowered Judaism – the opportunity

Monotheists? Not more moral.

Intro: Monotheism v. polytheism Rather recently, I heard a young rabbi, a friend of mine, discussing monotheism with one of his Talmud students. She had been troubled by the line of religious reasoning that he'd espoused to the class; and she challenged him on the supposedly unique righteousness of monotheism. His responses to her, I… Continue reading Monotheists? Not more moral.

Härfågel, or: Hoopoe

‘War Poetry’ – a d’Verse poetics prompt OOOP! OOOP! OOOP! OOOP! your haunting calls, dire warnings ere impending falls, unheeding ape-men charging tall, ignoring farsighted soarings OOOP! OOOP! OOOP! OOOP! you've studied death, counted those countless muddied breaths, swooping, swiping with bloodied sneath, men's legions life-and-limbless OOOP! OOOP! OOOP! OOOP! this hallowed Land, sought endlessly… Continue reading Härfågel, or: Hoopoe

Wherefore ‘ben Alexander’?

Some basics of Jewish names Most Jewish people have Jewish names, which they use in religious contexts, although they do not necessarily go by them in public. Some Jewish names like mine (David) are universal enough, but others do not roll off the gentile tongue so easily. Jewish names are typically of Jewish languages: primarily… Continue reading Wherefore ‘ben Alexander’?