Behaalotecha: The High Priest of Midian

Call me Chovav—or Jethro, or Reuel, who cares? I go by many names. I strive to be modest, but, truly, I am a vital part of the Israelite Saga. As Jethro, I was High Priest of Midian. One night, a dusty, travel-worn, exhausted refugee named Moses escaped from the slavery hellhole of Ramesses II, and […]

Naso: Samson: A Fable

The LORD spoke to Moses: …If a man or woman takes the vow of a Nazirite, to set himself apart for the Lord, he shall abstain from strong drink, nor shall he eat even  grapes. …No razor shall touch his head; his hair and beard must be left untrimmed. …During his term as a Nazirite, […]

Bamidbar: Into the Wilderness

(Enter Moses into the Wilderness outside the Israelite camp, alone. He looks fatigued and worn-out; suddenly, his legs buckle, and he slumps to the ground. He looks up to the Heavens in an accusing manner.)             Dear God, can you not ease my burden of this People? It is not enough that they are always […]

Bechukotai: Planet Erewhon

“If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments… the earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit. …If you do not obey Me… I will break your proud glory. I will make your skies like iron and your earth like copper. …Your land shall not yield its produce….” […]

Behar: Sustainable Farming in the Torah (video)

Speak: A Poem for Parashah Emor

Speak of ritual and rules, of purity and piety. Speak of celebration, and time that drifts and flows in a spiral of light and dark and bounty and decay. Speak, in each season of coming and going and rising like smoke, like breath, effortless as thought, and rising, ever rising kadosh, kadosh, kadosh. Speak of […]

Kedoshim: Gleanings From Our Own Blessings

Though it may be hard to see at times, we all have abundant blessings, and even a surplus, if only we could notice it. By Judith Greenberg It’s easy to look up the street and see that the grass is a little greener at a neighbor’s. Maybe they have a new car or their kids […]

Acharei Mot: A Hot Mess? (video)

Pesach Day 1—Shabbat, April 20, 2019—15 Nisan 5779

Pesach Day 1—Shabbat, April 20, 2019—15 Nisan 5779 Scene: Land of Goshen, the Israelite Neighborhood of Egypt. Moses is examining every dwelling to make certain that all is in keeping with the LORD’s commands. He is accompanied by one Lieutenant Djer, of the Royal Egyptian Cavalry, “Vision of Ibis” Regiment, Commanding. Moses is hale and […]

Metzora: The Leper Recovered

Torah Portion Metzora: The Leper Recovered by Rabbi David Hartley Mark This is the man Who may have been a leper. These are the living birds, all pure, Brought by the man Who may have been a leper. This is the wood From a cedar green, Two living birds With feathered sheen Brought by the […]