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Songs of spiritual accompaniment

Songs of spiritual accompaniment

There is a kind of humbling that can be thoroughly delicious, no? It’s a feeling not just of our own smallness but of total wonder. I experienced just that yumminess last week as I led a group of doctors, social workers, rabbis and others engaged in “spiritual accompaniment” (livu’i ruchani as it is called here [...]

A month of playfulness and grit

Welcome, friends, to the Hebrew month of Adar. משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה “When the month of Adar begins,” our Talmud teaches, “joy increases.” We want joy to be an easy thing, a thing that happens all by itself when — as Paul Simon has it — we have “soil soft as summer and the strength [...]

“Orion Reclines” two decades on

Twenty years ago, reeling from the unfathomably wrenching reality of tragedy at my college, I decided nevertheless to set sail on a mother-daughter sail-training cruise in the Caribbean. With five other women, we learned all about how to check the engine, set the sails, and navigate our way to the next island in time for [...]