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  Tonight is Erev Yom Kippur. In the Jewish tradition, holidays begin the evening prior at sunset and so the High Holy Day commenced this evening and concludes tomorrow night at sunset. In the interim, we are called on to pray, […]

Many of us were taught that we required an intermediary to have a spiritual encounter. Clergy, saints or an intercessory such as Mother Mary or angels would ferry a message for us. Perhaps it arose because somewhere down the line, […]

“The Journey by Mary Oliver “One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old […]

A few days ago, I was sitting across a cafeteria table from a young man I mentor. Not sure how the conversation arose on the topic of spirituality, but it wasn’t a surprise, since no topics are literally off the […]

As I am typing these words, it is the morning of Rosh Hashanah; 6:11 a.m. EST here in the Philadelphia area. My eyes opened 30 minutes ago to greet the day. They may yet close to allow me to nap, […]

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my childhood experiences, almost in a life review format. Chalk it up to turning 56 in a few weeks. I grew up in a two parent household, with a younger sister born 2 1/2 years […]

As is always the case, my friend Jacob Nordby comes up with phrasing that delights and bedazzles me and as is often so, they could have come from my own imagination. On Monday, while spending the day writing several Bliss […]

  Each morning before lifting my head from the pillow and crawling out from beneath cozy covers, these words run through my mind: “Modeh Ani Lefanecha Melech Chai Vekayam Shehechezarta Be Nishmati Bechemla; Rabba Emunatecha. I offer thanks to You, […]