Category Archives: NiSh’ma

Self at the Center

May 2, 2014

“Initially, God’s intent was to create a world and hold it to a standard of strict justice, but God realized that the world could not thus endure and therefore gave precedence to divine mercy, allying it with divine justice.” — Rashi on Genesis 1:1 The commentator Rashi attributes to God an original but unfulfilled intent. More »

Noble Ideals

March 1, 2014

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen, “Anthem” Leonard Cohen nails it! We can let go of striving for an illusion of perfection and embrace our brokenness. It is not a distraction from the path; it is the spiritual path of our everyday lives. But how do More »

Settled & Unsettled

January 21, 2014

“This uncertainty is killing me. And it’s the chase that keeps my feet on the ground.” — from the song, “Uncertainty” by The Wellspring The conclusion to one of the most personal of the Amidah’s blessings reads, “Baruch atah Hashem, shomea tefilla” — “Blessed are You, God, who hears prayers.” Whether or not we believe, More »