*Put on Spider-Man mask* Guilt is one of my least favorite emotions. It lives in my upper back, under my shoulder blades, and in my face and neck, just behind my jaw. It draws me in on myself, making me not only metaphorically defensive but literally putting me in a hunkered-down, defensive physical stance. I’m […]

In this series on superheroes and emotional intelligence, today we address Wolverine and endless rumination. Because this is also our high holy days service, it will likely be the only one where we don’t show clips from a superhero movie. We’ll have to make do with a music director who is a Wolverine, and also […]

As the 2017 blockbuster movie Wonder Woman begins, we hear her voice with its exotic accent, she speaks of wanting to save the world but learning things the hard way. When finally we see her, it’s the present day, she inhabits her Diana Prince persona, she walks down a corridor under the Louvre glass pyramid […]

Today we begin a new worship series that takes up the question of “home.” But by “home,” I’m not talking about a mere physical place where a person might happen to sleep, and nor am I talking about the physical space where a person might attend services. We all know that physical locations can change. […]

I hope there is no adult in this space who underestimates the importance of gifts of time to children. Even the seeming smallest can become a formative memory forever. Several summers in a row, I spent time living with my father’s parents. Baba and Dido I called them, since we’re Ukrainian. One lazy Saturday, I […]