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Resisting the Killing Tides

Easter 04-12-2020            Passover, 4th day, year 5780 of the Jewish Calendar Confirmed, known Covid-19 Deaths in the US:  20,473                                 (MSNBC) Day 1,177 of the current … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray

In the beginning was the word, and every word a world; every letter, the stuff of which a garden, a stream, a person comes into being. With words entire worlds are made; with words, and word-made things, Holy Utterance teaches … Continue reading

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How I Set Out to “Follow” Jesus… and Found My Way to Shul

“Sometimes, one must look into the ashes to find a solitary spark.” Dov Ber of Mazeritch “Torah is not education, it is transformation.” Rebbitzen Dena Weinberg So, you may have gathered from the title of this piece that what I … Continue reading

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There Are Signs …

It’s that time of year when we are called to be still enough to reflect and express gratitude for all we have—even amid all that is troubling and not what we want, or perhaps, need it to be. These times … Continue reading

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Remembering and Imagining (Or…Looking Forward From Philadelphia)

When I was growing up in the 1960s, it was a particularly difficult time to be a child discerning a gender-identity different from one’s gender assigned at birth. In a time where everything our culture saw as normal and “just … Continue reading

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Deflection Politics: Tried and True Tactics

(Or…the Soothing Sound of Katydids) It is evening here, in North Carolina, where House Bill 2 (the first of the “bathroom” bills) once loomed heavily, casting a storm of attention over our lives and giving the shelter of darkness to … Continue reading

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What I Said at TDOR (or, most of what I said)

As our people have for far too long, we gather here as trans persons, with family, friends and allies, in a spirit of remembrance—a communal collecting of sacred moments in which we name, remember, honor and grieve those members of … Continue reading

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Soul-sculpting

Lately, I find myself wrestling the urge to withdraw—quietly slip out to the wood shop and, if nothing else, just get lost randomly cutting and sanding. It as if I’m compelled to embody some deeper need to smooth off the … Continue reading

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Getting Dusty with Jacob

An ancient wisdom asserts that the whole universe is in the Torah, we just have to keep turning it to see it more fully. I believe this to be true—even as a transgender person of faith, even in light of the many ways our sacred texts have been used to exclude trans and LGBQ people. Perhaps, it is precisely because of the hurt arising from the misuse of scripture that I have come to hear refrains of our diverse human conditions sounding forth from Biblical narratives. Continue reading

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When Shelter Fails

There is an old Celtic wisdom which asserts that it is in the shelter of one another that the people live. This is a layered truth—not merely that we exist within and are surrounded by the community of others, but … Continue reading

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