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SHALOM, SALAAM, GREETINGS as we are midway between Christmas and New Year and Half-way Through Hanukkah

Christianity, Christmas, Hanukkah, Joy, Judaism
If you are reading this in an email subscription, you'll have to link through to the site to listen to this charming and cheery musical dialogue between Judaism and Christianity. ENGLISH VERSION: SPANISH VERSION: A musical dialogue between Rabbi Marcelo Polakoff and Bishop Monseñor Pedro Torres, with musical production by Fernando "Rahe" Israilevich. A greeting of good omens for the whole world. - Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day)
Just Be It

Just Be It

Haiku, Photography, sabbath
Recently, I was researching Sabbath (Shabbat) meditations. I ran across one at My Jewish Learning titled: Shabbat and Meditation: Just Be It. It is a marriage of Mindfulness and the Shabbat experience. Shabbat is a day of being, not doing. The day’s multitude of do’s and don’ts are essentially about not making anything, not destroying anything, and simply taking the world as we find it–for one day. What would life be like if we took it just as we found it, even for one moment? With out destroying anything or needing to build something or change someone? Accepting all of creation for exactly what it is in this present, precious moment? I believe, in that moment, we would find peace. A time to be. ... One of my favorite spiritual practices is haiku. Haiku is definitely a practice of mindful...

Yom Hashoah – Never Forget

Judaism, Lament, Politics, Spirituality
Today marks the beginning of Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Remembrance of Judaism (and thank you to Dr. Erica Martin for bringing this to my attention).  I have participated in several Yom Hashoah services over the years during my time as Ecumenical Liturgy Graduate Assistant at Seattle University. You will be brought to your knees acknowledging the atrocities that can be (and continue to be) committed in the name of humanity. And then further humbled by the acknowledgment of hope and transcendence that exists in the human spirit. A particular phrase that marks the worship service is, "We will never forget." Let it be so. Let us never forget that all it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to be silent. Let us never forget that we are capable of unspeakable atrocities in the name of...