Dinah and Feminist Reading (Vayechi)

Last Sunday, Rabbi Nicki Greninger and I gathered with thirty members of Temple Isaiah and explored some of the theory and tools of feminist reading practices. At the heart of our inquiry was the question: How do we relate to a text written by and for men, in ways that often diminish women’s full humanity? 

Love is Strong as Death (Yom Kippur Sermon 2021)

The summer my grandmother died, I remember her houseplants of all things, houseplants I had never consciously noticed before then, but now they stood out because in the shock and confusion, no one was watering them, and they slowly wilted, turned brown, and died apparently as a gesture of solidarity with the one who had tended to them for the previous decades.

Conversing With Prophets (Ibn Ezra)

אִם אוֹיְבַי יֹאמְרוּ רַע לִי / וְאָמַרְתִּי: מָטָה רַגְלִי אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אֵלִי / וּפַחַד יִצְחָק הָיָה לִי בִּינוֹתִי בְּסִפְרֵי נְבִיאִים,…

Admonition to the Soul (Ibn Ezra)

You can listen to the Hebrew here. אִם לֹא תֵדְעִי, נַפְשִׁי, אַחֲרִיתֵךְ קְחִי לָךְ מוֹפֵת וְאוֹת מֵרֵאשִׁיתֵךְ הֶבֶל יְסוֹדֵךְ וְעַל…