If You Build It, They Will Not Come

(With thanks to Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Big Tent Judaism for their inspiration and leadership in opening and broadening our tent.) American Jews have built majestic cathedrals. And we have had good reason to do so. It's not just that we wanted to emulate the beautiful churches and chapels of our Christian neighbors. Jews have a long history of creating sacred spaces. The story of the Jewish encounter with holiness begins in the twelfth chapter of the book of Genesis, “HASHEM said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) Abram followed God’s command leading him to Canaan as far as Shechem. God appeared to Abram an

Fences Around the Torah

When we first got our dog, we put up a small fenced-in area in our backyard where she could run and play. It kept her from running away, kept her safe and kept other furry friends out. She was happy but I could see she wanted more. After all, there was a whole world outside of her fence that she could never explore. Now that she's grown a bit and we've moved to Florida, Sadie doesn't have the fenced-in area in which to play. We decided to trust her a little and allow her to run free in the backyard as long as we were watching. So far, so good. She runs around and every once in awhile we have to call her name but for the most part she stays nearby and loves her newfound freedom. Fences are wo

Choosing Freedom

For Jews, freedom isn't about doing whatever you want. Freedom is choosing who and what to serve.

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