The Emergence of Aliveness

Published on September 29th, 2016 | by Jeremy Sher

On Rosh HaShana we say “hayom harat olam” – today is the birth of the world. But it isn’t just a birthday that happened in the past. The daily morning blessings remind us that God creates... Read More


Two Ways of Thinking

Published on July 5th, 2016 | by Natan Margalit

When I was a kid my parents would try to tell me to think about not just the immediate gratification, but also about the longer-term results of my actions. I find myself telling it to my... Read More


Case Study in a New Paradigm for Rabbinic Training

Published on June 3rd, 2016 | by Natan Margalit

Note: Natan recently published this piece on eJewishPhilanthropy.com. Click here to read the full article. Last month my student of six years became ordained as a rabbi. The ordination took place in the wood paneled Braun... Read More


A Distillation of Life

Published on January 28th, 2016 | by Natan Margalit

The snow is on the ground and winter has finally arrived here in New England. The roads are beginning to narrow with the snowplow’s sloppy drifts piling up around the curbs and our mud room is... Read More


Everyone Counts. Every Action Makes a Difference.

Published on December 18th, 2015 | by Natan Margalit

What can we learn from ancient Jewish texts about the current distressing and frightful geopolitical situation so filled with war, refugees, mass shootings and terrorist attacks? I think a lot, and it is often surprising where... Read More


Ki Li Kol Ha’aretz: The Whole Earth Is Mine

Published on March 18th, 2015 | by Natan Margalit

Note: This article appeared as today’s Purim=>Pesach article from The Shalom Center, curated by David Eber and Arthur Waskow.  Click here to read the article in full on The Shalom Center’s website.   On Pesach we ask... Read More


Hanukkah, the “Other” and Organic Torah

Published on December 18th, 2014 | by Natan Margalit

We are witnessing a dawning of awareness in this country: many had thought that racism was behind us. Many considered themselves to be no longer racist because they and their friends didn’t explicitly use racist language... Read More

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