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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...

Midrash on Parshat “Lech Lcha,” Breishit/Genesis 12:11-20

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Midrash on Parshat “Lech Lcha,” Breishit/Genesis 12:11-20

Shabbat MarCheshvan 8, 5778 (Torah Portion “GO to yourself!”) “Me too” whispered Sarai, hugging her knees to her chest, sitting in a fetal position. “Me too” said Sarai, standing up to speak. Because my weak and fearful husband thought he needed to whore me out to Pharaoh to save his own life, because my faithless husband did not believe the blessings of Yud He Vav He—because Avram did not believe that we would together birth a great nation that would transmit blessings to the world. “ME TOO” declared Sarai, drawing herself up to her full...