And it came to pass that Zalman said to Shlomo: “You reach for the heart and I’ll tackle the mind.”
A video montage of photos of Reb Zalman prepared for his 70th Birthday.
One of the things which challenges me about this time on the Jewish calendar is that sadness and mourning seem to be encouraged. There is a tendency to dwell in pain, as if the pain and discomfort were the final goal. These (northern-hemisphere) summer months are a time of transition. These Three Weeks mark the […]
Psalm for the Three Weeks It is easy to offer praises when all the world is green and gold, when the thrush trails off and on, at ease, for long sweet minutes. Oak and birch and maple once ravaged by caterpillars have grown new leaves, pale like spring through the crescent moon now waning […]
Today I write from the perspective of the planetary climate crisis, the scorching of our Mother Earth, the choking of what was the balanced Breath of Life, our atmosphere. Our ability to pay attention to the climate crisis seems always to be drowned out by the blood of war; but the scorching of our planet […]
In the Northern Hemisphere, with July’s summer glory comes a gradual shortening of days and autumn’s distant approach. The almost imperceptible turning of summer’s light hints of another turning – a turning inward that heralds the slow approach of the High Holy Day season. This first hint appears in the summer sky, with the coming of 17 Tamuz, and in […]
Dear friends, On Tuesday, July 15, many Jews will observe Tzom Tamuz, “the fast of Tamuz” — one of Judaism’s minor fast days, commemorating the breach of Jerusalem’s city walls which led (three weeks later) to the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 C.E. I say “many Jews” because I know […]
A recording of the memorial service is forthcoming.
A letter from Rabbi Arthur Green to friends in the world of Aleph and Pnai Or