Author Archives: Alissa Thomas

Alissa Thomas

About Alissa Thomas

is currently a student at Yeshivat Maharat. She graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies Archaeology and Ancient History. She has studied at Machon Pardes, Neve Yerushalayim, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She has completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bellevue Hospital and is also the present Rosh Beit Midrash for Uri L’Tzedek. She is originally from Los Angeles, California and currently lives in New York City.

A Divine Dose: Bamidbar and Israel

Alissa Thomas
June 24, 2013

The medicine swishes back and forth in the syringe, but I only see the sharp, threatening needle inching closer and closer to my exposed skin. The cure and care are inevitable, and all I need to overcome is the doctor’s ‘little prick followed by a slight pressure’ against my skin. Nevertheless, since childhood I have More »

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“Hold Me Closer”: Intimacy in Distance

Alissa Thomas
May 29, 2013

        Our covenantal relationship with God is characterized by a love laden with longing.         The brit, covenant, fundamentally weds God and Israel on the condition of Israel’s faith and adherence to the law and God’s fulfillment of Israel’s needs. But the brit also highlights the inherent distance between More »

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A Holy Stranger with Open Arms

Alissa Thomas
April 29, 2013

There is nothing like seeing my father dressed head to toe in all white. His soul hearkens to the time of the Kabbalistic rabbis who, draped in white clothing, would sing Kabbalat Shabbat in the fields. I imagine my father in his Shabbat white watching the sun set with his arms spread like angels’ wings More »

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An Ideal Community

Alissa Thomas
October 16, 2012

What is your ideal spiritual community? Take a moment to imagine it—who is a part of it, how you feel when you enter into it, what values and goals are shared there—what about it makes it ‘ideal’? When I polled my friends, many of them expressed similar themes: an ideal spiritual community is a place More »

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