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Elul’s Final Four

The final four days of Elul are a time of intensified forgiveness, compassion, and healing.  Between now and sunset on Wednesday, carve out time to breathe, feel within yourself, and act. The gates of compassion and forgiveness are beckoning. Be willing. Be brave. Walk through them. Forgiveness crawls along soul chambers yearning to find secret [...]

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Forgiving Myself

The Elul moon is nearly at full illumination. Each evening, its incremental increase of light shines into my pumping heart. I wonder what I am holding onto and what I can let go of this year. Some ideas come rapidly. Others surface only once I’m certain that my judging critical self isn’t present. A central [...]

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Praying the Hours of Tisha B’Av

The curve of the bay Catches my tears. Chair low. Feet deep in the sand.   Crying The Divine name Aloud Hour after hour For generations.   Rolling waves break Protection Love Privilege; into Vulnerability Devastation Pain Loss.   The Divine Spark Burning within me Harbingers the radiance Coming today Everyday Soon Now.     [...]

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I’m Afraid of the Av Moon

With only 4 percent of the Tammuz moon still reflecting in the sky, my annual concern and secret fear about the approaching moon of Av is beginning to boil. I’ve always been afraid to embrace the moon cycle of Av. It asks that we look at and embrace epic levels of pain and destruction, sadness [...]

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Seeing in Tammuz Is the Gateway to the High Holidays

The waning crescent Tammuz moon hangs in the sky. It just tipped over into a three week period of time (which includes two weeks of the next moon cycle Av) that is filled with introspection, assessment, and yearning. It’s July, for goodness sake, yet these final phases of the Tammuz moon indicate the very beginning [...]

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The Full Glory and Heat of Tammuz

I’ve been feeling a little depressed lately. It’s hard to admit, given the fact that I live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Several times a day I have to blink my eyes and remember that I’m alive and not dead. I mean it’s so beautiful here that it’s hard to believe—and [...]

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