Category Archives: Reb Zalman

Eco-Kashrut, Wellness, and Ritual ~ A 21st Century Perspective on Parshat Shemini

The ritual sacrifice chronicled in the book of Leviticus/Vayikra could turn many of us (so removed from the meat that magically appears on our tables) into vegetarians, especially if we were to construct in our minds a big-screen, motion picture (a … Continue reading

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Coupling Yitro, Priest of Midian, with Revelation at Sinai … Deep Ecumenism, Perhaps

This week’s Torah portion, in which we experience revelation at Sinai, is named for Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro). Yitro wasn’t a member of b’nei Yisrael/the children of Israel. On the contrary, he was a priest of Midian, which means that Moshe … Continue reading

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Entering the Secular New Year with Sacred Intentions

As we enter 2015, we have an opportunity to look back and look ahead at the same time, to take stock, count our blessings, let go of disappointments, to reorient and re-aim.  In Hebrew, we call this process t’shuvah (returning) and … Continue reading

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Teach Us to Treasure Each Day ~ Limnot Yameinu ~ In Deep Appreciation of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l

Here in central Ohio, we are in the midst of unseasonably mild and gloriously sunny days, further blessed by low humidity and gentle breezes.  I am humming a new* tune that Rabbi (and gifted cellist, I am compelled to add) … Continue reading

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See You at Sinai

A recent e-mail from a colleague closed with the parting words, “see you at Sinai,” followed by a winking emoticon.  The reference was to the upcoming holiday of Shavuot – a celebration linked with our receipt of the Torah at … Continue reading

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