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.

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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 3, 2013

Living Lomed

Filed under: Jewish Communitty — Tags: , , — marleyweiner @ 3:37 am

Living Lomed

This was written by a classmate’s mother. And it’s deeply important to hold on to stories like this. Our synagogues are supposed to be places of prayer, yes, but also learning and socializing and sharing and growing. They are called¬†beit kenesset, house of assembly, and assembling looks different for different people. It’s so important to never forget that.

February 8, 2013

The Bible is a Real, True Myth

Filed under: Spirituality — Tags: , , , , — marleyweiner @ 8:27 pm

Whenever I try to explain to people the difference between Truth and Fact when it comes to Bible, I will send them here. In my world, Abraham and Moses and Hagar and Miriam are as real to me as my family, even though I recognize that they never truly existed. Their stories and personalities speak to me, and they teach me how to live my life. The multiplicity of those stories, and how they were interpreted by my predecessors in every age, teach me more about the history of my people and how I came to be here than any volume of history ever could. Because we love our ancestors, with a fierce and abiding love, and it is love that gives a window and an insight into the soul.

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

January 18, 2013

Well, this seems a bit outrageous

Filed under: Jewish Communitty, Social Justice — Tags: , , — marleyweiner @ 6:09 pm

Well, this seems a bit outrageous

Seeds of Peace is not a terrorist organization. Jews of color are real Jews. And shame on anyone who behaves otherwise.

December 4, 2012

Joseph

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

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

June 20, 2012

Homeless Queer Youth

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marleyweiner @ 3:05 am

Homeless Queer Youth

This article is old, but the problem of homeless youth in New York is not new, and is only getting worse. There are far fewer shelter beds than people who need them, which leads to children sleeping on the streets. While I’m afraid that I didn’t post this in a time sensitive fashion, it is still vitally important that we as a community see the faces and hear the stories of this country’s most vulnerable citizens.

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