Category Archives: Settled & Unsettled

Why Would We Settle?

Cheryl Goldstein
February 12, 2014

There are a variety of uses for the word “settle,” and as I began to think about those various meanings, I found that in many cases (most cases, even) it was difficult to conceive of “settled” without “unsettled” as an inherent part of the construct. In other words, the idea of “settling” remains in a More »


Beings Becoming

Rabbi Sara Brandes
February 10, 2014

In college, I used to dance atop a bar at a place called BAR. Liberated, in that liminal stage of American development lovingly referred to as the college experience, I was free. It was a time of intense passion and intense creativity for me. Today, I am a rabbi, and I no longer dance atop More »


Never Knowing

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
February 9, 2014

When people find out I’m a rabbi, they often respond with something to the effect of, “Oh, wow, that’s so cool,” or, “Really? You’re a rabbi? You don’t look like a rabbi; you don’t have the grey beard or anything!”[1] I’d like to take this opportunity to clear a few things up about what it More »


Auld Acquaintance Remembered

Yoni A. Dahlen
February 7, 2014

The advent of a new year invariably calls to attention the promises of self- improvement. It becomes impossible to find an open machine at the gym, bikes clutter the often roomy shoulders of local streets, and the kale and quinoa farmers swim in giant pools of money like Scrooge McDuck as they pride themselves on More »


Not Yet Settled

Alexis Pinsky
February 7, 2014

When German Jewish theologian Franz Rosenzweig was asked whether he performed particular mitzvot, he did not give a simple “yes” or “no” answer. He was known for replying “Not yet.” Rosenzweig recognized religion as a process, something living and capable of change. When people find out that I’m studying to be a Reform rabbi, they More »


A Bruise between Oren’s Eyes

Rabbi Joshua Bolton
January 28, 2014

On a windy and unsettlingly bright day in Yaffo, our little boy Oren, running wild and over-tired, tripped on the ancient stone plaza. Sitting up, his forehead was black and blue – like Gorbechav and the Manson Family. We cradled and calmed him. We got him back in the stroller. We gave him a slice More »


Settled but not Static

Rachel Petroff Kessler
January 27, 2014

When my husband turned thirty this fall, I played him this Tim McGraw song in honor of the occasion. My favorite line, “Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears/and I’ll do it better in my next thirty years” encapsulates my hopes for this decade, which I’ll be entering myself in just a few months. More »



Rabbi Dan Horwitz
January 9, 2014

I’m not sure that my own views on the Divine are settled.   I find the demographic realities of the Jewish community to be unsettling.   I struggle mightily with the motivations and convictions of West Bank settlers.   I travel so much for work that I inevitably feel unsettled.   I worry that in More »