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Judaism

High Holiday Repentance Workbook 2014 / 5775

To acknowledge our own screw-ups is an important first step. But the High Holidays are not about getting ourselves to feel guilty, but rather engaging in a process of change. If we don’t make those changes internally and in our communities and in our society, all the breast-beating and self-criticism become an empty ritual.
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Spirituality

Spirituality of Work

    Why work? For the Benedictine spirit, work is not simply work. Whatever kind of work it is— professional or technical, physical or intellectual, financial or social— it is to be good work, work that makes the world a better, more …
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Judaism

Rav Kook on Loving Humanity as well as Jews

Rav Kook on Relating Israel and Humankind – 2 With translation by Rabbi Itzhaq Marmorstein and some comments by Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man, we bring here two  passages from the Rav’s notebooks. Rav Kook was the inspired religious leader of Palestine …
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Judaism

Rabbi Kook’s Understanding of Israel and Humankind

Editor’s note: What’s attractive about this piece is the way it highlights the universalism in Rabbi Kook, whose teachings were twisted by his son into being a cheerleader for right-wing politics. Yet what still remains troubling is the insistence that …
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Judaism

The Spiral of Jewish Learning

The Spiral of Jewish Learning  by Natan Margalit Posted May 29, 2012 by nmargalit in Organic Torah. 1 Comment As we come to the end of the school year, it is traditional to reflect on one of the central values in Judaism: …
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Environment

Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Nature and Nonviolence

Nature and Nonviolence by Thich Nhat Hanh [Listen to Audio!] You don’t discriminate between the seed and the plant. You see that they ‘inter-are’ with each other, that they are the same thing. Looking deeply at the young cornstalk, you …
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US Politics

An Ancient Text from Judea with a Tikkunish vision of the “I” Anochi that is the God of Sinai

Excerpts from The Thunder: Perfect Mind (Translated by Rev. Hal Taussig and others from a text in Coptic from the Nag Hammadi library, 1st 2 centuries of the Common Era.)   I [in Coptic, Anokh] am the first and the last I am she …
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Judaism

Sayings of the Jewish Buddhist

Sayings of the Jewish Buddhist If there is no self, whose arthritis is this? Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the second sip, satisfaction; with the third sip, peace; with the fourth, a Danish. Wherever …
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Judaism

A Mystical Message about Chanukah from Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi

Reb Zalman is one of the most inspired teachers of Judaism alive today. I was blessed to have him as my teacher for thirty years while I studied under his supervision for my smicha (rabbinic ordination), and he chaired the …
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Environment

The Earthist Creed

The Earth is precious, we have no other home. The people of the Earth are one people. The differences between us are small Compared to our common nature And our common future, as humanity. Every person deserves To share in …
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Activism

A letter to those who care about Tikkun surviving from Rabbi Michael Lerner, Nov. 14, 2011

I don’t know if you got the snail mail letter I sent a few weeks ago but since I haven’t heard from you, I’m trying email. I like to update our community each year about my personal news and our …
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Judaism

Code Pink Activist Rae Abileah addresses members of the Network of Spiritual Progressives at Beyt Tikkun High Holiday services Sept. 29, 2011

Shana tova!  I am so moved to be here in prayer with this vibrant, strong, brilliant community, and to be standing here on the bima in front of you all is something I could never have dreamed of. I feel …
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Judaism

Was Jeremiah a Failure?

Editor’s note: When as a teenager I became immersed in the writings of the Prophets, I was most excited by the Prophet Jeremiah. My parents, who thought I was making a big mistake to have decided to become a rabbi, …
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Judaism

Leadership by Silence–commentary on the first parsha of Deuteronomy–Devarim

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Christianity

A Christian Response to Climate Change

Discerning Climate Change as Climate Injustice and Colonization of the Commons: A Christian response By George Zachariah An alternative theological engagement with climate change begins with the discernment of the problem. Discernment involves the courage to critically evaluate the dominant …
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