Category Archives: Festivals

The War is Over

  I look around and see a world at war with itself. It is a war between the body and the soul — not just the body and soul within the individual, but the body and soul of all things, of every experience, of every opportunity, of every art, or every movement, of every aspect […]

Doorways of Perception

Solid revelation abounds, if only you look.” These words were scrawled in large block letters using white chalk on a brick wall in Burlington, Vermont, where I spent a couple of weeks a while back. To this day, the image remains firmly embedded in my conscious mind. I have no idea who wrote it, or […]

Hack Your Self

Imagine if you could hack yourself. If you were to take a journey into the mainframe of your mind, what would it look like? Would you find the various components of the circuitry humming in harmony, or would you see a messy collection loose screws, stray wires and burned out pathways? Would the transformers all […]

Welcome to the Masquerade

If Shakespeare thought England circa 1600 was absurd, imagine what he would have thought of Persia in 400 BCE, or, for that matter Global Civilization 2010, where all the world is a wacky, crooked stage and all the people its drunken players. On the surface, the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther, reads like a suspenseful […]

Let the Sun Shine

By default, the sun emanates light. The circumstances through which the light is blocked are all external obstacles – whether they be natural or man-made. As long as there is some obstacle between me and the sun, the light will never shine on me. I definitely want to let more light into my life. Who […]

Laugh at Hate

What’s so funny about Purim? The plot line is tragically familiar. The Jewish nation faces the first of many crises to its existence through the long years of exile following the destruction of the Temple and the Israelite Kingdom. Why do celebrate by dressing up, getting drunk, pulling pranks and living the most laughable day […]

The Shattering

The final part of the Torah extols the praises of Moses. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to find a greater individual in all of human history – a man who spoke face to face with G-d, brought freedom and justice to humanity, and performed countless miracles. As one would expect, the Torah lists his […]

Speeding Through Eden

It is a typical scenario, one that probably plays itself out thousands of times a day. I miss the exit on the highway, and drive along for twenty minutes oblivious to the fact that I am now heading away from my intended destination. A kernel of frustration brews within me as I realize my predicament. […]

The Real You

Sukkot, which the Torah calls the Harvest Festival, is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. This might be nice for all the farmers out there celebrating the fruits of their labor in the bounty of the year’s crop. But what about those of us who don’t have fields? What does the Harvest […]

Finding Direction

A young man came to his rabbi looking for a wife. The rabbi arranged for the young man to meet a several fine young woman as potential matches, but he was not satisfied. In each of the women he immediately found a fault that made her undesirable.” “I think you need to focus on becoming […]