You Shall Pursue

April 5, 2014

The Brilliance of Communal Storytelling

Filed under: Choosing Life, D'var Torah — Tags: , , , , — marleyweiner @ 8:30 pm

Someone shared this on my wall recently; it is from Sermon Slam New York. If you are a person who loves people talking about Judaism, go to the Sermon Slam website and hear people speaking in amazing and intelligent ways about Torah

I so deeply love listening to religious women talk cogently about their faith. There is so much strength and power in giving space for us to critique the systems that we love and hopefully, to change them for the better.

Some translations for those who aren’t so familiar with the lingo:

The Hebrew that she’s reciting is from the Morning Blessings that Jews say every morning. They¬†thank God for things like waking up, giving strength, freeing captives.

One of these blessings is gender differentiated in Orthodox tradition. Men say “shelo asani ishah” meaning “Thank you God for not making me a woman” and women say “sheasani kirtzono” meaning “Thank you God for making me according to Your will.” Liberal Jews say “sheasani b’tzelmo” meaning “Thank you God for making me in Your image.”

She uses the term “agunah” at the end which means “a chained woman” or a woman whose husband refuses to give her a proper Jewish divorce.

March 31, 2013

Blowin’ in the Wind

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marleyweiner @ 9:41 am

Happy Passover everyone!

March 28, 2013

I Wrote a Passover Guest Post!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marleyweiner @ 10:52 am

It’s about Tarantino, Exodus, and how we can move from a place of vengeance to a place of justice. You can read it here.

March 7, 2013

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Filed under: Choosing Life, Spirituality — Tags: , , , — marleyweiner @ 7:10 pm

The beauty and fragility of family narrated by a brilliant kid. I see great things in store for him…

March 5, 2013

Income Inequality in America

Filed under: Social Justice — Tags: , , , , — marleyweiner @ 12:02 pm

This is a really good graphical representation of some really horrifying shit.

March 4, 2013

Amanda Palmer’s TED talk

Filed under: Choosing Life — Tags: , , , — marleyweiner @ 7:36 pm

The Jewish community has a lot to learn from Amanda Palmer.

January 25, 2013

Tu B’Shevat: I Am Planting

Filed under: Jewish Communitty, Spirituality — Tags: , , , , — marleyweiner @ 10:00 pm

Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish New Year of the trees. As the world begins to awaken into spring in Israel, we take the time give thanks for the beautiful beautiful world that we have been given, and to reflect on how we can preserve it for the centuries to come.

A translation of the chorus:

As my ancestors planted for me, so I will plant for my children.

January 21, 2013

New President, Same as the Old President!

Filed under: Choosing Life, Social Justice — Tags: , , , — marleyweiner @ 9:54 pm

Barack Obama speaks so movingly and compellingly about the triumph and dignity of properly compensated, just, and meaningful labor. It’s a beautiful thing.

… I also want to take a public speaking class from him. That man is CAPTIVATING.

January 20, 2013

An Anthem for Healing

Filed under: Choosing Life — Tags: , , , — marleyweiner @ 8:09 am

Mountain Goats- You Were Cool

December 4, 2012


Filed under: Choosing Life — Tags: , , , — marleyweiner @ 1:20 pm

In honor of this week’s parsha, here is some camp. Enjoy!

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