Leviticus (and Voting on the Right )

My choices for president included Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.I stared at the ballot. I hadn’t had much sleep the night before, so it took me a moment. Then another. By the time the third moment arrived to tap me on the wrist, I had figured it out. Despite asking me my party affiliation (I confess: lifelong Democrat), my neighbors had handed me the opposition’s ballot. Continue reading

Halakha as a Petaled Flower – Lessons from Rabbi Daniel Siegel

Judaism does many things well, including dealing intelligently with those in doubt. Our practices honor grief and offer mourners time for their sorrow. There is also plenty of joy to be had in our variegated traditions. But Judaism also has a problem. It is easy for members of the tribe to feel they are not “Jewish enough” because they feel – or worse, they’re told – that they don’t know enough. Hence, my humiliated Self. At least I knew what to do: I sent my Self to Reb Daniel. Continue reading