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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Acharei Mot: A Hot Mess? (video) Source: … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]