Tag: Patheos


Dancing Brings Joy… Even in the Face of Sorrow

A new Portal Manager and contributor to the Catholic Portal at Patheos, Elizabeth Scalia, writes over at the First Things site on the blog The Anchoress. Recently she wrote a post about a Holocaust survivor who danced at Auschwitz and several other locations of horror in Europe with his daughter and three grandchildren. There have been some broad criticisms of him as well as of his daughter, mainly accusing her of exploiting him and making claims that he “appears” to have dementia (which is false, according to his daughter). I don’t feel......

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I would like to thank the Academy…

Not really… But I do want to thank my friend Matthue Roth for his kind words! He blogged here and here about his article on The Future of Judaism at Patheos. And in the process… said this about me: A few weeks ago, Talia Davis wrote to a bunch of Jewish techy and thinky folks and asked us what we thought about the future of Judaism. Talia is the force of nature behind the religion blog Patheos.com’s Jewish site, and when she chops down a tree, we hear it. Aww! 🙂 I......

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Is this the future Israeli Jewish women are doomed to live?

For a long time Women of the Wall has been a flash point in Israel and it has finally bubbled up and almost over. Anat Hoffman, leader of the group Women of the Wall, was just arrested for carrying a Torah near the Kotel, the Western Wall. These women have been beaten for having strap marks on their arm from Tefillin. Not even people witnessing them wearing it, just the leftover marks. They have been abused verbally, physically, and by the police for minding their own business on their own side of......

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Comparisons to Hitler

One of the Patheos guys has been writing a series on the Tea Party and different implications of it. (To read his great, albeit right leaning, perspectives on the Tea Party click here.) In this last article, I was linked to some pictures of when Bush was in power. Now I am NOT a Bush fan and I did vote for Obama… It doesn’t mean that I think Obama is the messiah or anything but I realized a couple of things looking at these pictures. 1. It doesn’t matter what side of......

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Dear Pop. A Letter From My Father to His.

I asked my father, Rebahir Davis, to write a piece about how his father inspired his Judaism for Patheos. His response was overwhelming to me as it brought back a flood of memories of my grandfather. However, it also gives a beautiful insight into the evolution of Judaism. Please take a minute to read it here – http://bit.ly/d6JzYK – comment on the article, share on Facebook or Twitter, etc. Thanks!...

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My Tatti Taught Me A Little Shuckel…

Okay, I admit it… I don’t have the best memory in the world but there are a few things from my childhood that stick out clearly. I have mentioned some of them before, here in this blog, but with Father’s Day rapidly approaching, I have asked my team to write about their father’s and how they shaped their Jewish life. And so, I thought I would talk about the memories from my childhood of my dad. My dad and me, 1983ish… these were called “Tali-Ups” The men in my life have always......

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Gimmel Tammuz – Lubavitcher Lore and Holy Days

Today marks an auspicious day on the Chabad Lubavitcher’s calendar. Today is Gimmel Tammuz (the third day of the month of Tammuz). On this day in 5754 or 1994 in Gregorian years, the Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away. This dealt a hard blow to the community. He and his wife were childless and he did not appoint a successor. This divided the community, some believing that he was the Moshiach (messiah) and some not believing in that. It is a topic that still divides Crown Heights today. A newly published biography of the......

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Lacking Something…
Judaism |
May 27, 2010

Lacking Something…

I have been a very bad blogger. Beyond being busy with Patheos work and my personal thesis for my Masters, there have been a couple other things going on. This year the Omer was particularly poignant. The Omer is a time when you should be reflecting on your life and working on personal growth but amidst that, I was asked to pray the section Resh of the 119 Psalm. Long story short, when someone is sick you read Psalm 119 and since it is so long, you read the letters that correspond......

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National Day of (Christian only) Prayer?

What if the National Day of Prayer meant we actually came together as a country, despite our differences and prayed together? What if we lived in a country where a kid like me wasn’t bullied for trying to participate with the Christian kids in the National Day of Prayer… because I think jesus was a nice Jewish kid who was misunderstood? So I there has been a lot of conversation about the National Day of Prayer and all that hoopla. Officially, today is the “National Day of Prayer.” Initially, sounds cool, right?......

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Remember the Omer!
Judaism |
April 30, 2010

Remember the Omer!

I really love the Omer… okay, rather, I have a love hate relationship with counting the Omer. I love the spiritual lift I get, but I sometimes get annoyed at one more thing to do before sleep… hence why I need to count the Omer nightly.I use a wonderful book that asks you questions and gives you great thoughts for each day that relates to the sepherot (like the chakras). Here is their online version for week 5 – Meaningful Life. The book is called “Counting the Omer – A Spiritual Guide”......

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