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Purim: The Dangerous Holiday

Published on February 27th, 2018 | by Leah Lazer

Purim is a dangerous holiday. That’s probably why we in the Jewish community often trivialize it and pretend it’s just a kid’s holiday where the children dress up like Mordechai and Esther and we eat hamentashen... Read More


The Magic of Emergence

Published on January 21st, 2018 | by Leah Lazer

This article originally appeared in Tikkun. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” is an old adage, but it could be one of the most important keys to a healthy, meaningful life. People... Read More


The Force of Our Interconnectedness

Published on December 28th, 2017 | by Leah Lazer

I just saw the latest Star Wars movie with my family. It was very exciting and entertaining. But beyond that, I’ve always felt that the amazing popularity of the Star Wars series has been in part... Read More


Hanukkah: Our Sanctuaries

Published on December 19th, 2017 | by Leah Lazer

There is a hymn with a beautiful melody that many Jewish groups have been borrowing from our Christian neighbors in recent years that begins, “Oh Lord, prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried... Read More


Two Examples, Two Paths

Published on November 24th, 2017 | by Leah Lazer

Take a good look at American society today and you see both dysfunctional, shortsighted, thinking, and, if you look, you can see a new kind of thinking that takes the whole picture into account. On the... Read More


Noah and Our Embodied Wisdom

Published on October 20th, 2017 | by Leah Lazer

This week’s Torah portion, Noah, starts out (Genesis 6:9) with one of those extra words that rabbis and commentators just can’t leave alone: we’ve got to understand why the Torah put in an extra word when it didn’t need... Read More


Looking to the Sky, Remembering Our Ideals

Published on September 6th, 2017 | by Leah Lazer

Recently, I read an article in the New York Times Magazine that talked about the way that people do or say things, say, supporting a good cause or political opinion, not because they really believe in it, but because they... Read More

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