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Rosh Hashanah Wishes

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Dear… Everyone, Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and I’ve been struggling with what to say. It’s a time of introspection, a time for looking back at all of the things in the past year, reevaluating, reassessing, and moving forward. We will […]

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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 […]

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There’s a reason it’s called spiritual practice

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I know I’m supposed to say the Mod(e)(a)h Ani first thing in the morning. Before I get out of bed. Before I say hello to my dogs. Before I have a first cup of coffee. After all, what greater gift […]

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Political markings and Spiritual Solidarity (on the wearing of a kippah)

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Last week, Rabbi Daniel Alter of Berlin was on his way home from picking up his daughter. He was approached, asked if he was Jewish, and then attacked when he responded yes. Among the many responses to this attack was […]

On truth, mourning, and moving on…

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I read today that Egypt has closed the last remaining working synagogue in the country — Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria (you can check out the article for yourself here). I can’t find anything about it on the major news […]

I’m trying to understand Tom Smith

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

Ok, I like to think I’m fairly smart. I know I’m not Einstein or Foucault or Tessla, but I generally can read the news and understand what’s going on. But I do not understand Tom Smith, GOP Senate candidate. When […]

Are we at war?

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I despise the language of war. We use it all the time — a war on drugs, a war on women’s bodies, attacks on this, attacks on that. We draw lines. We pick sides. We approach politics and religion like […]

Playing with the bones

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I love words. I love languages. I love the nuance and grammar and all of those things that were so boring when we had to learn them in grade school. […]

Half-lives: some thoughts on Memorial Day

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

It’s memorial day and the world is filled with Facebook posts, blogs, tweets, and news headlines honoring those veterans without whom I would not be able to sit here and write. It is good and honorable to talk about those […]

Amendment One

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

There are these two stories I want to tell, both of which happened on May 9th of this year. See, I’ve intentionally waited for a while to write about the passing of NC Amendment One. I was hoping to find […]

Not in Public Domain

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

I read all of these articles about religion and modesty laws, and usually I scoff. They are always filled with explanations of why women should cover up, about how the very sight of our hair will cause some man to […]

Written on the Body

posted by Malachi Kosanovich

The great sages and rabbis of our past used to write their commentaries on Torah pages. Scribbled around the margins could be found comments, comments on comments, and comments on comments on comments. Rabbis would hold entire discussions with their […]

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Rosh Hashanah Wishes
Dear… Everyone, Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and I’ve been struggling with what to say. It’s a time of introspection, a time for looking back at all of the things in the past year, reevaluating, reassessing, and moving forward. We will feed each other apples and honey for a sweet and bount

posted 7:13:54pm Sep. 16, 2012 | read full post »

Kaddish
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 those we have lost. It is a prayer more of of Americ

posted 12:53:40pm Sep. 11, 2012 | read full post »

There's a reason it's called spiritual practice
I know I'm supposed to say the Mod(e)(a)h Ani first thing in the morning. Before I get out of bed. Before I say hello to my dogs. Before I have a first cup of coffee. After all, what greater gift is there than the return of one's soul to one's body. It should be the first thing you think of. The pro

posted 11:53:00am Sep. 09, 2012 | read full post »

Political markings and Spiritual Solidarity (on the wearing of a kippah)
Last week, Rabbi Daniel Alter of Berlin was on his way home from picking up his daughter. He was approached, asked if he was Jewish, and then attacked when he responded yes. Among the many responses to this attack was one from Gideon Joffe, who heads the Jewish community in Berlin, who stated that h

posted 2:37:58pm Sep. 04, 2012 | read full post »

On truth, mourning, and moving on...
I read today that Egypt has closed the last remaining working synagogue in the country -- Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria (you can check out the article for yourself here). I can’t find anything about it on the major news sources (NY Times, Huffington Post, etc.) so I’m holding out judgme

posted 11:09:42pm Sep. 02, 2012 | read full post »

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