Two Jerusalems

Two Jerusalems? No, I’m not talking about East and West Jerusalem, but about a word of hope embedded in the very spelling of the city—hope that we can use as we think about Jerusalem today. The Hebrew name of the holy city is Yerushalayim. This spelling includes two yods—the Hebrew equivalent of the English Y… Continue reading Two Jerusalems

The first and last wedding

The family is the true ecumenical experience of all humankind.  Edwin H. Friedman Parashat B’reisheet (Gen. 1:1-6:8) tells of the beginning of all things, including marriage, which is the first of all human relationships, the foundation of every human family. God himself brings the first woman to the first man, and the man says, “This… Continue reading The first and last wedding

Gilad, Tent Cities, and Sukkot

Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a sukkah for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city. Jonah 4:5 Last year I co-led a tour of Israel, and on our last night, on the way… Continue reading Gilad, Tent Cities, and Sukkot