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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. Rabbi Yehudah Halevi All I wanted to do during my teenage years was to break free from my jail. I thought

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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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Taking Responsibility from Within

These days it is in vogue, in certain circles, to speak with anger about Trump. Everywhere you go it’s Trump, Trump, Trump, with email accounts flooded with petitions against him of all kinds, Facebook posts of yet another indication of how terrible he is,

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In Memory of Abbaleh (Daddy)

My father, Zvi Harmelin, was born on Nov 2 1917; had he been with us today, we would have celebrated his 100th Birthday. I’m trying to imagine how he would have looked at 100. Surely, he would have appeared to be quite different than he

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