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Commentaries on Jewish Texts

Psalms: Psalm 1   ||   Psalm 30 (video)   ||   Psalm 136 (video)
- The Haiku Haggadah (2017): (YouTube Video) (individual graphics)
- Translation project on the "Nefesh haChayim"- (1:3) (1:4 - video) (1:4 - in Sh'ma)

Torah Commentaries

 Bereishit / Genesis 

Bereishit

Noach

Lech Lecha:
Into the Woods
Wholeness and Sacrifice
Ready
Abraham and the Idols

Vayera
Seeing the Other
The Quality of Sodom
The Akeidah Post 9/11

Chayei Sarah
 Isaac's Prayer

Toldot
Why am I?
Toldot Unbound
Leah's Hidden Blessing

Vayetze
Qualified Pluralism; Part II

Vayishlach

Vayeshev
Peace and Quiet

Miketz
Remembering Our Dreams

Vayigash

Vayechi
 Abundant Love: The Wisdom of Jacob (for myjewishlearning.com)

 Sh'mot / Exodus 

Sh'mot
 Salvation without a Name

Va'era
Diving for Hidden Treasure
A World of Chesed
Born Again 
Two Roots

Bo

Beshallach
 Turning (video)

Yitro
Why I Fight
The Necessity of Windows
Is Sculpture Idolatry?

Mishpatim

Terumah


Ki Tissa
 Why is Moses Kept Out of the Tabernacle? (for myjewishlearning.com)
 Plaquesville

Vayak'hel-Pekudei
The Value of Things
The Necessity of the Whole

 Vayikra / Leviticus 

VaYikra

Tzav

Shemini
Strange Fire

Tazria-Metzora

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Troubling Tradition
 Intimacy [video]
"Out There" or "In Here?"
 What's Holy and What's Not

Emor

Behar-Bechukotai
The Absence of Jerusalem

 Bemidbar / Numbers 

Bemidbar
 When the Desert Sings (video)


Va'etchanan

Ekev

 Lift Up Your Eyes!

V'Zot HaBeracha
Waiting 

Naso

Beha'alotecha
Yearning for Home

Shelach Lekha
 The Power of a Glance

Korach
 Trust

Chukkat
The Mutual Vulnerability of Friendship
It's About Family

Balak

Pinchas
One Year Later

Mattot - Massei

 Devarim / Deuteronomy 

Devarim

Re'eh
How to Judge
Overcome, if only
Not Our Covenant
Is God Straight?

Shoftim

Ki Tetze

Ki Tavo
God's Atonement

Nitzavim-Vayelech
 Things, Hidden and Revealed
 Returning from Exile

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no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
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in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
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God damn it.

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