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On the Doorposts of My House

On the Doorposts of My House

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Minyan

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

So I’m having this conversation on Facebook with a very dear friend. It started with his news that he no longer counted as a Jew for the purposes of a minyan. For those who don’t know, a minyan is a […]

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Dear Mitt Romney

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Dear Mitt Romney, I’ve heard you are having money troubles. After all, if the best thing you can think of to do with 10,000 dollars is make a bet with someone on television, then clearly you aren’t getting creative with […]

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Prayers for healing

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

One of the strangest parts of my job is the completely transitory nature of the relationships I build. Sure, every bar has it’s regulars. They keep the bar going. But for the most part, people come in and out. You […]

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A reading list for the rest of us

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Recently, the Huffington Post ran an article on the 18 texts every Jew should read. While it was a fascinating article and filled with wonderful texts, it had a few flaws that should not be overlooked. Most of the authors […]

Breaking up is hard to do

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I will admit it readily. I have no idea who Kim Kardashian is. I have no idea to whom she is married. I don’t really care that I don’t know. Maybe she made a silly marriage. Maybe everyone around them […]

The cost of a CT Scan (or why we value being out of debt more than our own health)

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

X-Ray: $800 CT Scan: $4,300 Emergency Room visit: $1,200 Total: $6,300 These are just estimates. And they don’t cover the IV fluids, the two injections of morphine, the anti-nausea medicine, or the urine testing. They don’t include the five to […]

Let there be light

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

This week Jews all over the world celebrated Simchat Torah, the ending of one reading cycle and the beginning of another. This celebration honors the finishing of one cycle of Torah readings (as we end the last chapters of Deuteronomy) […]

Staying in the closet

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Today thousands of LBGTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) people will celebrate our ability to come out of the closet and be who we are. We will celebrate being able to tell our stories. We will tell those stories […]

The language of ritual

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

About a month ago, I took a friend to get her first tattoo. At the same time, I got new body piercings put in. We are both spiritual people (though she is undeniably more of a mystic than I am). […]

Tattoo as Church

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

About a month ago, I took a friend to get her first tattoo. At the same time, I got new body piercings put in. We are both spiritual people (though she is undeniably more of a mystic than I am). […]

An open letter on Yom Kippur

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Dear God, Let me begin as all good letters should begin (when you can well and truly mean it). We love you. Not with a shallow passing love, but with a love that reverberates in our very bones. Nothing we […]

Days of Miracle and Wonder

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

We are in the middle of the Days of Awe. As a good and obedient Jew, I should be lost in introspection and atonement. I should be performing acts of charity, repentance, and prayer. I should not be the only […]

Moving on…

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I am packing this week for the big move from one city to another. We all know it – packing is a huge pain. No matter how hard you try to be organized and labeled – there are always boxes […]

NC Amendment 1 —

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

In the past twenty-four hours, the North Carolina House and Senate have passed Amendment 1, which will go to the vote in 2012. This amendment, called (by some) the Anti-LGBT Marriage Amendment, damages more than just the LGBTQ people living […]

Kaddish

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba. Exalted and hallowed be God’s great name.   This is the beginning of the Mourner’s Kaddish, one of the most beautiful and moving prayers I have ever found. It is a prayer said in memory of […]

Gratitude — a 9-11 blog

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I was in the hospital on 9-11. I went in with what I thought was appendicitis at about two in the morning. This not to say that my being in the hospital was more important than the terrible events that […]

not reading the same book…

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

There’s a controversial initiative moving through the Jewish world, and I’m pretty sure that the people involved in it aren’t reading the same book I’m reading. This web-based movement seeks to match religiously inclined homosexual men and lesbians – leading […]

Forgive us our accidents?

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I must have been really out of touch lately because I just recently heard (for the first time) a commercial that has apparently been on the air for quite a while, promising to forgive me if I am in a […]

in love with Judas

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I’m not sure how I’ve managed to avoid it for so long, but tonight I saw my first Lady Gaga video. Messing around on Youtube led me to the video for Judas and I have to say: I am in […]

Tattooed Jew

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

This week I got a new tattoo. This isn’t a new experience for me – I count my tattoos into the thirties and have not gone more than six months without getting one in a long long time. That said, […]

Duking it out…

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Today, my friend Greg said that “somewhere deep down – no, just on the surface – I blame God too, not for causing tragedy, but for refusing to prevent it (regardless of whether or not God actually could prevent it). […]

Yom Kippur with a Vampire

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I’ve been watching True Blood and I’ve been thinking about Yom Kippur, which is coming up soon, and I’ve decided I’ve found a solution to all of my forgiveness needs. I’m just going to forget everything. I’ll find some nice […]

To whom do the monsters pray?

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Recently I’ve been playing a lot of video games – it’s the best way to avoid the scariness of Ph.D. applications. So far, I’ve worked my way through Halo, Resident Evil, Dante’s Inferno, Constantine, and Blood Rayne.  I love these […]

Wedded on Warcraft

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

This week, two friends of mine will be married. While I am filled with deep joy for them and wish nothing but blessings upon their marriage and life together, I have to admit that I am a little stunned. Their […]

Compassion: A response to Warren Jeffs

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

About an hour ago Warren Jeffs was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. While I don’t always read the comments posted on news stories such as this, I found myself reading the ones posted on the […]

Concerning doorposts

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

  Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you […]

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posted 6:48:10pm Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

Minyan
So I'm having this conversation on Facebook with a very dear friend. It started with his news that he no longer counted as a Jew for the purposes of a minyan. For those who don't know, a minyan is a group of ten Jews who have gathered for the purposes of prayer. Issues surrounding who is eligible

posted 3:54:03am Dec. 18, 2011 | read full post »

Dear Mitt Romney
Dear Mitt Romney, I’ve heard you are having money troubles. After all, if the best thing you can think of to do with 10,000 dollars is make a bet with someone on television, then clearly you aren’t getting creative with ways to invest your money. I thought perhaps you could use a little help

posted 3:57:35pm Dec. 12, 2011 | read full post »

Prayers for healing
One of the strangest parts of my job is the completely transitory nature of the relationships I build. Sure, every bar has it's regulars. They keep the bar going. But for the most part, people come in and out. You see them once or twice, while they are in town, and then they disappear. Because of wh

posted 9:00:00pm Nov. 30, 2011 | read full post »

A reading list for the rest of us
Recently, the Huffington Post ran an article on the 18 texts every Jew should read. While it was a fascinating article and filled with wonderful texts, it had a few flaws that should not be overlooked. Most of the authors were men. Almost all of the books are religious in nature. Few of the books me

posted 9:52:49pm Nov. 02, 2011 | read full post »

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