For most of my life, I thought of Yom Kippur as a time for fear and trembling, a time for deep, powerful, intense work, and of course fasting and other forms of self-affliction. But somewhere along the way, I got to see another face of the day -- one of dancing, singing and celebration as we ask for our lives to be rendered anew.
All the prayers of the Bible can be condensed into a single prayer. And the prayer is a simple one. Just six lines. I call it The Pocket Prayer.
Doing nothing isn't easy. We all want to be productive and get stuff done, so we consume ourselves with being busy. Meetings, emails, phone calls, text messages, instant messaging, commuting, and multitasking have all become a part of our busy lives. Doing these things make us feel busy, but are we actually getting anything meaningful done?
On Friday Jews around the world will confess their sins. One of the central prayers of the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) worship service is Ashamnu, which means "We have sinned." The prayer consists of 24 lines describing sins we have committed.
It's the Jewish new year. Big holiday. Obscene amounts of food. Long hours in the synagogue. This year, I did something different. Instead of using the synagogue prayer book designated for the holiday, I took my own prayer book.
Some things work whether you believe in them or not. Perhaps God exists and is available even to nonbelievers. While you're experimenting in bed, whatever your spiritual condition, I dare you to add this into the mix.
I'm a huge fan of Dr. Christiane Northrup's, and what she recently said about the dichotomy of pain and pleasure on this planet truly hit home. Whil...
Inspired by the original impulse of Occupy, I began gathering people for contemplative prayer and dialogues to cultivate wisdom resources for those of us who have quietly been working on building alternative structures for a new world.
When senseless tragedy occurs, people of faith often rush to explain and control. As finite human beings, we are limited in our knowledge and power, which makes us uncomfortable.
I cannot recall exactly when the idea of prayer began to change radically in my own life. Prayer, for me, used to stand as something separate from other parts of my life. But I have come to learn that real prayer is not so much talking to God as just sharing God's presence.
In an ever-evolving and modernized world, the faster the church stops telling people they are hopeless sinners and starts building them up, the better chance this archaic institution has to survive. And that's exactly what the Pope is doing.
When we host visitors at the Kingston synagogue, one of the questions they almost always ask is if there were ever other synagogues on the island. They are amazed to hear that there were several other Jewish houses of worship in Jamaica.
Together, my son and his hat charmed and brought joy to the many cold, sterile, and terrifying situations we had to endure.
Keep your friends close, and your religious friends closer.
Imagine for a moment a world where an entire generation took the view that it is more important that they determine who, not what, they want to be when they grow up.
Today, I'm hearing a lot more about people having mentors, advisers or therapists who enrich our lives. And I'm glad we have great professionals in th...