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Judaism’s Launching Pad

[The following post is based on a presentation that I made at a minyan, a prayer group, on Nov. 8 this year, the week of the weekly Torah portion of Lech Lecha.] This week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, the third in the Torah, could

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God and the Big Bang–in Hebrew!

God and the Big Bang by Dr. Daniel Matt has just appeared in the bookstores in Israel, translated by yours truly. What a pleasure it was to work with the author. If you have not read the English book, it’s highly recommended. You may

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Politics with Spirit

[The following is a translation of an article that I wrote in Hebrew for the Israeli monthly magazine Chayim Acherim. Published on June 1 2019. The entire issue was dedicated so politics and spirituality. A PDF of the original Hebrew article can be viewed

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In My Flesh I See God

[The following is a translation of an article that I wrote in Hebrew for the Israeli monthly magazine Chayim Acherim. Published on July 1 2019. The entire issue was dedicated an exploration of the body. A PDF of the original Hebrew article can be

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Feeling At Home

[The following is a translation of an interview that I conducted with Thomas Hübl, which was published in Hebrew in the Israeli monthly Chayim Acherim on June 1 2019. A PDF of the original Hebrew article can be viewed here .] What does it mean

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Prophecy, Anyone?

Last Shbbat I offered a Dvar Torah in honor of my mother, Sarah Harmelin, ז”ל, who passed away a little over a year ago. The portion of the week was Beha’alotcha (בהעלותך). One of my mom’s favorite books was The Good Soldier Švejk, by

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Slavery and Freedom

עַבְדֵי זְמָן עַבְדֵי עֲבָדִים הֵם – עֶבֶד אֲדֹנָי הוּא לְבַד חָפְשִׁי: Slaves of time are slaves of slaves; Only God’s slaves are free. All I wanted to do during my teenage years was to break free from my jail. I thought that once I

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Vayigash: Teaching of Non-Duality

This week’s Torah portion, vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27) is the third weekly Torah portion devoted to Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son. At this stage of the story, Joseph serves as Pharaoh’s viceroy and is the de-facto ruler of Egypt. In last week’s Torah portion,

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Dying The Hindu Way

At the end of last year (2017) and beginning of this, my wife Lisa and I spent some weeks in India, on a pilgrimage of sorts. It was a journey that left us enriched and deeply impacted, and will take a long time to

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