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The Wholeness of Nature

KidSpirit | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home

By contributing writer Katie Reis for KidSpirit's Myth and Magic issue. I'm not a religious person. I was baptized a Catholic but slowly realized t...

To Truly Belong?

Beth Kissileff | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
Beth Kissileff

At the end of Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day last April, I wanted to get to Jerusalem's First Train station where there was a public ritual to mark the time in between day devoted to the memorial day both for soldiers and for those killed by acts of terrorism, and Israel's Independence Day.

Is It Holy To Sit Upon A Pole?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Asceticism is the practice of denying various comforts to oneself and even inflicting upon oneself various occasions of discomfort. Most religions endorse ascetic discipline in the belief that physical and mental hardship is a sure path to spiritual maturity.

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2016 | Home
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerman...

The Sacredness of Surfing

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 06.10.2016 | Home
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

A friend who's an Episcopalian priest (and a surfing buddy) showed me a comic last week, which she keeps on her fridge. In it, the sea has split, Moses is holding up his staff, and a dude is standing next to Moses, carrying a surfboard.

Has Sex Ever Given You Whiplash?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 06.11.2016 | Home
Patrick Vaughn

Can someone explain to me why the Bible is not rated NC-17? In chapter 20 we hear about the penalties for breaking these rules. It involves a lot of blood and death. It's ugly, but once we start reading, it's hard to stop.

The Most Important RSVP from Pope Francis

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.18.2015 | Home
Catherine Nagle

I have seen examples of people ending a marriage only to realize later that they hadn't been so bad off after all. In the Church, discernment, listening to our hearts, and deep prayer and meditation, are all called for before entering into or ending such a union.

When Holiness Is Violence

Broderick Greer | Posted 01.17.2015 | Home
Broderick Greer

Despite our good intentions, Christianity in the United States still has a long way to go. Instead of seeking to heal the wounds of slavery and institutionalized racial discrimination, many denominations are seeking out fresh ways of shaming and condemning their LGBTQ members.

Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 12.24.2014 | Home
Sugar Rautbord

Perhaps most importantly, Barbara Mahany lives what she writes. This woman is the real deal, reaching out to the wounded world with enlightened care and compassion. A former pediatric oncology nurse she is both wise and experienced in the mysteries of interrupted cycles of life.

Our Father and My Father

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Home
Catherine Nagle

Transformation takes place in God's Presence and inspires us to great things, just as the stained-glass artist and my father expressed their love of God in their artwork, which in turn lifts my soul and inspires me to glorify Him even more.

A Rabbi's Heart Beats Again

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.16.2014 | Home
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

In a nondescript hotel room in Texas, surrounded by rabbis who are black and white, old and young, straight and gay, women and men, layers of hidden, accumulated spiritual scar tissue burst apart and revealed my own wounded heart.

Parashat Behar: Peacemaking and the Quest for Holiness

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home
Arnold M. Eisen

Placing her reflections on "peace-building" in dialogue with the Bible, I am carrying forward a long-standing conversation with a beloved conversation partner of long standing about a text and a topic that are both dear to my heart.

Yom Kippur 2013/5774: "Restoring the Arc (of A Love Affair)"

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 11.16.2013 | Home
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The prophet Isaiah is on my mind and in my heart more and more. His voice rings in Yom Kippur's Haftarah with messages I fear we've forgotten. With messages I believe we must begin to remember, even if they hurt our hearts. Especially because they hurt our hearts so deeply.

Rosh Hashanah: The New Year of Our Stories

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.06.2013 | Home
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

How fitting that we recount Genesis and the story of creation on Rosh Hashanah. How fitting that we study the original story of all stories. For it is a holiday all about stories and the potential that we have to create and refine them.

Love The Stranger As Yourself

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.18.2013 | Home
Ron Kronish

We must love our fellow Jews as brothers and sisters in a historic, unique collective family, and we must treat the non-Jew with the same dignity that we would wish and envision for ourselves. This is the real meaning of what it means to be "holy" in the "Holy Land" today.

A Stranger In A Strange Land

Andrew Luisi | Posted 10.23.2012 | Home
Andrew Luisi

Throughout my study in The Holy Land, I have come to the simple realization that "holiness" is everywhere; the question is whether one can approach eye level with their neighbors and finally see the truth that lies beneath the surface.

I'll Never Forget Hod Of Yesod Again

Reb Ezra Weinberg | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Reb Ezra Weinberg

How did I remember that today is the Hebrew calendar date of my son's first birthday? I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that it was not by my own memory, but truly of divine intervention.

Holiness After The Death Of 6 Million

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Arnold M. Eisen

Holiness is meant to pervade all of daily behavior, not to inhabit the high points of experience only. Love means reaching out toward neighbors and the world with the same care, regard and generosity we normally reserve for ourselves and those closest to us.

God's Challenge

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

It is a simple yet profound challenge -- be holy, imitate God in our own lives. It is the fundamental lesson that for Jewish civilization, the ultimate goal of life is not "happiness," it is "holiness."

HOD Still And Be Counted

Reb Ezra Weinberg | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Reb Ezra Weinberg

The most common traditional translations of hod are "majesty" and "splendor." While those definitions are significant, clearly something gets lost in translation. Without context they are just words and will probably not be enough to glean a relatable meaning.

Strauss-Kahn and the Pope

Christopher Strong | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home
Christopher Strong

What's the connection? The "common cord?" What on earth could possibly connect these two other than hair color?. Certainly not religion. Equally not ...

The Frustrating, Difficult, Never-Ending Search For God

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

I have long struggled with how to best answer the question: "Rabbi, how do I connect with God?"

Pajama Days: Holiness For The Rest Of The Year

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Dr. Susan Corso

Consider creating an interior file in your soul called Pajama Day, and when things get crazed, out of nowhere, declare any blessed day you feel like stopping and hanging out in your own holy wholeness.

Hot Flash Holiness

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Dr. Susan Corso

"Hot flashes start with an aura followed by a feeling of discomfort in the abdominal area." I don't know about my "aura" when I hot flash but I do know about the "discomfort" -- I feel like a worn out piece of rigatoni.