Seedbed of Hope

The Jewish religious year is unflinchingly hope-filled. I almost wrote “unflinchingly optimistic,” but that doesn’t quite get it. Optimism believes everything is going to turn out all right, but the prophets often give us a picture of things that don’t turn out all right, at least in the short term. Hope looks at the disappointments… Continue reading Seedbed of Hope

Back to the Essentials

Parashat Matot-Mas’ei, Numbers 30:1-36:13; Haftarah, Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore, be zealous and repent. Revelation 3:19, TLV Words of reproof are difficult to hear, and often unwelcome, but they’re essential to a life of knowing and serving the God of Israel. And so the cycle of the Jewish… Continue reading Back to the Essentials