It is convenient for white people to insist that black people behave themselves. Frequently this takes the form of referring to Martin Luther King as the ideal role model and depicting the Civil Rights Movement as the appropriate way for a tormented people to clearly, kindly convince white people to be nice.
But to insist that black people make sure not to act too angry, not to reach for rocks or trash cans is the privilege of the powerful. Continue reading
The Zohar teaches that when a soul is about to be born, it chooses its parents. And then, the Zohar explains, we are to go through life doing teshuva, facing and resolving not only all our failings from previous lives, but even the failings we experience at the hands of our own mothers and fathers. Continue reading
Every year, I vowed to do the weight training, strengthen my skinny arms, and lift the Torah. Every year I’d fail to do the training, regret my lack of time and commitment, and renew the vow. Continue reading
When I was a child I sang in the synagogue choir, I sang until my voice broke. I sang first voice and second voice. I’ll sing Until my heart breaks, first heart and second heart. A psalm. Yehuda Amichai What … Continue reading