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“How do we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”
Our Rise from Rubble ritual started inside the Church Center for the United Nations yesterday with this sad song, words from the Psalms, just as resonant now as they must have been then for the exiled Judean poet on the banks of the rivers of Babylon.
How do we translate our legacy of loss and longing, so much Jewish suffering condensed into one fast day, to a global group of humans seeking ways to fix the broken pieces of our world?
Lab/Shul took a risk this year and adapted the fast of the Ninth of Av to the rubble of our larger reality – Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ teens, Islamphobia and domestic abuse, political violence and strife. All are temples shattered, rub Continue reading
Rabbi Benny Lau, one of Israel’s leading Modern Orthodox leaders, sits for a shared interview with his younger brother, the newly ordained Conservative Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie. They share similar concerns, different challenges, and very different perspectives on some of the hottest topics and challenges facing modern Jewry. The interview, by Zvika Klein, is in Makor Rishon, one of Israel’s leading newspapers widely read in Orthodox circles. Continue reading
Jerusalem July 22, 2016 Barely breathing. 1AM yesterday, Thursday night, inside the ER in “Gates of Justice,” one of Jerusalem’s large hospitals, full with patients and pain, pacing relatives and tired doctors, beeps and sighs. One of the rare sites where Arabs and Jews, … Continue reading
This morning I recited the Mourners Kaddish at the Western Wall as an illegal act of protest and prayer. Just another day in this surreal reality infected by a combination of fear-based religion, good intentions gone wild, and brutal summer … Continue reading