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Parshat Emor

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Parshat Emor

Today at our Shabbat services the most beautiful souls explored the mitzvah of leaving the corners of our fields for the poor, the sojourner (immigrant), the widow and orphan and we closed with some food for thought. Whether you were able to join us or not, here’s some fodder for spiritual practice: Looking at the field as an agricultural construct leads us to many beautiful ways of being in this world. AND…knowing that Yah too is a field, a field of consciousness, sentience, healing, wisdom transmission and more…. Where is...

Purim and Speaking Truth to Power

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Purim and Speaking Truth to Power

On Adar Bet 14, the evening of March 20, we begin our celebration of Purim, the one holy day that we are taught will continue to exist in messianic times. There are so many lessons that Purim teaches us which might be considered the rationale for this belief. One of them is that if we do not speak truth to power we can never be safe, never be free. And we have all we need to be the agents of our own salvation. On Monday, February 18, 2019 I had the opportunity to give testimony to two committees at the Oregon State Legislature, an opportunity...

Meditations for the Month of Elul

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Meditations for the Month of Elul

Elul begins this year on the heels of the most tumultuous political year I have ever experienced in almost 60 years of life. Our sitting president puts out an average of 6.4 lies a day. ICE and our immigration policies are not merely cruel, they are torturing children and are impeding our economy from functioning to boot. Hate incidents have skyrocketed. In Portland alone, hate incidents increased by 200% from 2016 to 2017, hundreds and hundreds of incidents of verbal violence taking place on public transportation alone. A regressive tax plan...

Portland’s UnShul 5779/2018 Days of Awe: Gestation of our Liberation

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Dear UnShul Members and Supporters: We are delighted to announce our High Holy Day Services! We will meet at the home of Rabbah D’vorah and can accommodate 60 souls. Given the interest we have already heard we want to urge you to register early to make sure you secure your spot. (Details below.) Join Portland’s UnShul, a lyrical, mystical, queer drenched, passionately activist, spiritually intimate Jewish community, as we immerse ourselves in tshuvah work which includes and transcends personal atonement. Through traditional and renewed...