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Exploring Hope: ‘My cup runneth over’

Psalm 23 is a beautiful piece of ancient Hebrew poetry that countless believers have sung and prayed for generations. Therefore, taking a verse a month, we are walking through this Psalm verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in verse 5: “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth ...

 
 

St. Cornelius starts vegetable garden

After the previous pandemic year, we cannot imagine a better way to kick off this spring than with a new start, and isn’t that what a vegetable garden is? The promise of new growth, hope, and something better.  Well, we have committed to something better — our vision of a vegetable garden that can feed our brothers and sisters in need. We have drawn on the advice of ...

 

Rabbinic Reflections: Remembering life

To be counter-cultural one must be in conversation with the surrounding culture. Jewish wisdom has often walked a fine line between cultural engagement and rejection, the golden mean being dialogue. The contemporary Jewish holidays that occupy the days and weeks between Passover and Shavuot convey more of rebuttal than a dialogue. The wisdom they express is ...

 

Exploring Hope: Valley of the shadow of death

Psalm 23 is a beautiful piece of ancient Hebrew poetry that countless believers have sung and prayed for generations. Therefore, taking a verse a month, we are walking through this Psalm verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in verse 4: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy ...

 

Rabbinic Reflections: What never ceases

What does God think of us a year later? Setting aside discussions of God’s omniscience for the moment, I truly wonder what the divine perspective is on the experience of humanity this past year. A year ago yesterday, I announced that my school building would close indefinitely with learning pivoting to online. That makes today the start of a year at home, a year of ...

 

Exploring Hope: Paths of righteousness

Psalm 23 is a beautiful piece of ancient Hebrew poetry that countless believers have sung and prayed for generations. Therefore, taking a verse a month, we are walking through this psalm verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in verse 3: "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake (Psalms 23:3 KJV)." Now, you may not ...

 

Rabbinic Reflections: ‘All You Need is Love’

The Beatles got it right. Love is a crucial component of our ability to be in the world. “Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time — It’s easy.” When we are loved, we learn to be ourselves. Lately, though, it seems that we need more love than before to be able to get what we need to be able to be. I am not talking about the romantic love celebrated ...

 

Exploring Hope: Christ leads

Psalm 23 is a beautiful piece of ancient Hebrew poetry that countless believers have sung and prayed for generations. Therefore, taking a verse a month, we are walking through this Psalm verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in verse 2: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalms 23:2 KJV). As you read this ...

 

Rabbinic Reflections: Choosing our stories

Of all the stories Jews could tell about themselves, the Exodus from Egypt is the most central. Why not Creation? The Bible and the Gospel of John start there. Or monotheism? Abraham is pretty compelling a progenitor. Moses the lawgiver? He would be a great tragic hero. Or how about the national drama of King David and his dynasty? That kind of story is what most ...

 

Preserving Hope: The Lord is my shepherd

Psalm 23 is a beautiful and glorious piece of ancient Hebrew poetry. Countless people have valued and prayed it throughout human history. But it is still valuable today as well. Therefore, using my monthly column here at Chadds Ford Live, I’m going to walk through this psalm verse by verse over the next six months, Lord willing. So, here’s our first verse today: “The ...

 

Rabbinic Reflections: Private light

It is Chanukah. Since Thursday night, Jews have been lighting candles, increasing the number of candles each night. Many are also continuing the tradition of pirsumay neesa (publicizing the miracle) by lighting chanukiyot (Chanukah menorahs) in public spaces or, like me, by decorating our homes with blue and white lights and other decorations. The pandemic has ...