Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mikketz 5777

With each word and line
The slow, painful unfolding
Of power and dreams. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

VaYeshev 5777

A dream or a tale--
Does not the interpreter
Frame how it all ends? 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

VaYishlach 5777

Every name matters
And holds a story within. 
Whether told or not. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

VaYetze 5777

Always seeking more. 
The bustle of human life.
Days turn into years. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Toldot 5777

So much abundance
Squandered in bitter quarrels. 
Turn our hearts to love. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Chayei Sarah 5777

Each name like a thread. 
Tug gently. Another tale.
Lost in memory. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Lech L'cha 5777

Once you have been there
You can speak of returning.
Though the path may change.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Noah 5777

How old this deep need
To trace from whom and from where-
Tribal origins. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

B'reishit 5777

See how a story
Can shape our sense of wonder. 
What tale will you tell? 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Haazinu 5777

Words of poetry.
As the year draws to its close. 
Then. Climb the mountain. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Vayeilech 5777

Once they are written
The words of the poem are sealed.
But not who reads them. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nitzavim 5776

Always this promise:
You will be received in love.
When you do return. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ki Tavo 5776

Threats and Promises.  
A deeply disturbing text.
So human. And flawed.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ki Tetse 5776

To be human means
We will push beyond the rules.
Who guides? Who follows? 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Shoftim 5776

Rereading this text
The words bring forth memories
My own. And those shared. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Re'eh 5776

You will not find it
Marked on any human map.
Yet, hearts know the place.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ekev 5776

Come close. And listen.
This is your, our story.
Full of promises.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Va'etchanan 5776

Take this instruction. 
Treasure it. Live it. Teach it. 
Trust in the children. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

D'varim 5776

Finding one's way home.
To each, a place to settle. 
Who lives beside whom? 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Mattot/Mase'ei 5776

Recall a place name--
And memories tumble out.
Freed from the map's edge. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pinchas 5776

Who? What? Where? and When?
Real life meets rules and structures--
Where to find guidance? 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Balak 5776

All the words we say
Kind, gentle, hurtful or mean---
Who is listening?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hukkat 5776

Mark your map with both.
The momentous encounters
And from there to here.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Korach 5776

We must be cautious
When invoking the if-then.
Predicting is fraught. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shelach L'cha 5776

When one knows the tale
Memory and guidance rest
In that corner fringe.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Naso 5776

When each is counted
What matters most is giving
Not what one offers. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

B'ha'alotecha 5776

Must there be such wrath
Following the promises?
Seeking seeds of love.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

B'Har 5776

Counting by harvests
The fields of our lives are full
Reap from each moment. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Emor 5776

The times and seasons
Remain set and unchanging.
Our lives? Choices.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Kedoshim 5776

Could these rules and guides
Really be a fervent plea?
Just be good. And kind. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Acharei Mot 5776

Death. Blood. And Water. 
Bring us to the Source of Life. 
Primitive. And Real. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pesach 5776

When that long night passed
The sun rose on first freedom. 
I recall that warmth. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Metzora 5776

From unclean to clean--
It is not enough to wash.
Time must also pass. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tazria 5776

What appears blemished
May or may not really be. 
Observe. Assess. Choose.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Shemini 5776

When all is so new
One may hear the instruction
And still get it wrong. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tsav 5776

Mark off holy space.
Perform these sacred actions.
A rule for all time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Vayikra 5776

The hidden promise:
What was done remains unchanged.
Find a pathway home. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pekudei 5776

Who among us now
Seeks the fire or the cloud?
Still we journey on.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Vayakhel 5776

To give of your heart
All that has been requested--
I wonder: then what?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tetzaveh 5776

Fine linens and threads.
Sacred clothes for sacred acts.
I touch knotted fringe.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Terumah 5776

Bring beautiful things.
Craft them into sacred space.
Each gift. Essential.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Yitro 5776

We were together.
Beside that burning mountain.
Wrapped in sound and awe.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Beshallach 5776

With freedom comes choice.
Tell me. Who has not wandered
In some wilderness?

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Bo 5776

Heart of compassion
Longs to embrace the first-born--
Alongside the text.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Vaera 5776

What is this strange dance?
The people reel and suffer
While one man decides.