2014
Nov
18

This too is Torah

Rabbi Ben Goldstein

There are intimate moments that we share with our friends, moments with our families, and there are moments that can be just between us and God[1]. I recognize that I am saying this as a rabbi, and as many people have pointed out, my private life is not exclusively my own. I know that there More »

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2014
Nov
13

A Shared Existence

Rabbi Sara Brandes

I have just moved from the suburbs of Los Angeles to Kibbutz Hannaton in the Lower Galili of Israel.  While a series of economic miscalculations and blunders actually sunk the first wave of Israel’s kibbutz movement, it was arguably the inability of kibbutzniks to strike a healthy balance between openness and privacy that drove the More »

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2014
Nov
11

Embracing loneliness

Rabbi Joshua Kullock

The realm of reshut hayachid (private domain) seems to be on its way out. The kingdom of reshut harabim (public domain) is growing as never before, engulfing in it almost everything without any constraints. Is there any way to stop this trend? There are many ways to explain this current phenomenon, but I want to More »

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2014
Nov
06

The Illusion of Privacy

Yael Roberts

Recent events in the Jewish world have reminded us that even when we think we are alone, someone may be watching. We may think we have personal space and privacy, but even that belongs to someone else. It is difficult to stomach that what appears to be one of the most intimate and private spaces, the More »

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2014
Nov
03

Can You Lie to God?

Rabbi Alon C Ferency

At Beit T’Shuvah, a rehab in Los Angeles, we began work with addicts by asking simply, “What are the lies you tell yourself?” I often thought, how would I possibly know that?! Surely, we all lie, even more that we realize or admit.  In The Little Drummer Girl, John LeCarre describes Kurtz, an Israeli spymaster, More »

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2014
Oct
31

A Blessing from Brokenness

Naomi Less

February 18, 2014 was the day I came out. That’s what my friends told me, at least. I associate “coming out” with news from friends who came out as gay or lesbian, who wanted to stop repressing or hiding parts of themselves. My “coming out” was different. I posted something personal on the Sh’ma blog, “S Blog,” which touched a More »

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