Category Archives: Torah

Lag b’Omer ~ What Is It?

Lag b’Omer … What is it? This is a question frequently asked, even by Jews, when mentioning the Jewish holiday of Lag b’Omer. To the English speaker, the first word sounds like “log” – the wood you place on a campfire. This auditory cue … Continue reading

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Honoring the Israeli State with Remembrance and Celebration

In central Ohio, this year, the Jewish community will gather at the JCC on Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. for Yom HaZikaron, and on Tuesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. for Yom HaAtzma’ut. Members of the Little Minyan Kehilla … Continue reading

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Preparing to Embrace Freedom … Leaving Mitzrayim … and Leaving Home to Journey Home

A Pesach love-letter and l’hitra’ot/see you soon to my dear kehilla and it’s friends, followers, visitors … As evidenced by the extreme hiatus in posts on our Little Minyan Kehilla website, I have been on a “sabbatical” as Little Minyan’s … Continue reading

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Viewing “Interfaith” Family Formation through a Progressive Jewish Lens

Our Little Minyan Kehilla has always been a welcoming home to those of us who wrestle with what it means to be Jewish in 21st Century America. Many of us have both danced intimately, lovingly with Judaism and also found … Continue reading

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What Being a Jew Means to Me ~ Spiritual Activism and Repose

Just as no emergency room doctor ever hopes for an accident, no clergy person ever hopes for desperate times. And … I cannot help but notice the dramatic uptick in people seeking my spiritual services (both personal and communal) in … Continue reading

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Shabbat VaYinafash ~ Rest, Restore, Re-Ensoul Yourself with Gratitude

A reminder to join our kehilla this Shabbat/Saturday morning, November 26th, when we will gather for Shabbat Vayinafash, a contemplative approach to Shabbat morning worship and Torah. We will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon at a private home in Upper Arlington. Text 614.592.9593 … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Election Day 2016

Our kehilla often talks about how our Jewishness informs our secular pursuits and how the rhythms of our secular lives can be enhanced through the application of Jewish ritual, sacred texts, and our Jewish wisdom tradition. What follows is a prayer written … Continue reading

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As we Begin Again … How Does Torah Inform Us in the 21st Century?

This post is based on an essay by Joseph Gindi which is the first in a new series from American Jewish World Service (AJWS) entitled  JustThought. This monthly publication will dive deeply into a key issue or question. For their inaugural post, AJWS examines the … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shoftim & Rosh Chodesh Elul ~ At the Confluence of Justice and Love

As we entered Shabbat last weekend, we also turned from the month of Av to the month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar. The month of Elul is the last month before the beginning of the Jewish year ~ Rosh … Continue reading

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Speaking to the Rock ~ The Power of our Tone and Body Language in Speech

This week, Chukat, in our cycle of Torah, we remain in the wilderness/B’midbar (also know as Numbers) continuing both the journey of learning “the rules” of behavior and right relationship, and the physical journey of travel from slavery in Egypt to the promised … Continue reading

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