RABBI DEBRA KOLODNY

AS THE SPIRIT MOVES US

Parshat Emor

Posted by on May 19, 2019

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...

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Purim and Speaking Truth to Power

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019

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...

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Meditations for the Month of Elul

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018

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...

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

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018

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...

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

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

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...

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From welcome to embrace: honoring transgender and bisexual Jews

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013

From welcome to embrace: honoring transgender and bisexual Jews

  From welcome to embrace: honoring transgender and bisexual Jews Rabbi Debra Kolodny   Torah’s declaration that we were created b’tzelem Elohim- in the image of G-d is a foundational text for human rights work. All of us, in our glorious diversity, were created intentionally in the image of the Holy Blessed One. Therefore, all must be accorded basic rights, respect and access to...

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