Seeing Jewishly

The upside-down tree of life I finally see within me: my lungs! Or rather, I don’t see them; I am reliant on what I learnt in biology classes and what I saw in the butchery my father owned – lungs of cattle Soft Squidgy Sliced up for sale as a delicacy… Like an upside-down tree […]

Honour Your Father and Mother

Honour thy father and mother

Honour your father and mother. I have discerned, after much soul-searching, that reverting to Judaism is linked to the fifth commandment. People like me who ‘know’ that we are Jewish yet have no proof of Jewish identity to satisfy any Beth Din outside rabbinical Judaism remain; For reverts may not convert. To convert to Judaism […]

Body of Christ; Body of Esau?

The Christmas tree is up, just waiting for the fairy lights as I contemplate the complexities of interfaith families Who is Jesus to me now? Primarily, my spiritual guide, who deposited me at the door of Beit Emanuel Progressive Synagogue Or was that perhaps Gogo Rachel? How can I tell? Was it both of them? […]

Elevating Saul who became Paul?

When praying I may ask the Father for guidance through my ancestor Rachel – an open channel of patient waiting for her children to own soul-identity remember and act upon finding shelter within Jacob’s tents allowing for each of his children a space to be at home in beauty and harmony living in community for […]

The Wall: The Abraham Accords

the western wall at the temple mount was built by the poor, the Jewish poor, who, being unable to afford hired labour, did the work themselves this is the wall that Jewish people weep at, the Gate of Tears, which according to tradition, is the only gate left open after the destruction of the Second […]

Jewish and Israelite Identity

Sukkot 5781: Sukkah

the sukkah i built during sukkot was a pictorial revelation of my soul’s purpose as an israelite; (so happy i was to find this alternative usage being used in my new morning prayer siddur in the blessing prayer called she’a’sani Yisrael: “Blessed are You, Hashem our Divine power, royal Guide of the Universe, who has […]

Rachel: The Diviner?

Beloved of the Soul Siddur: Soulful Prayers gazed at me from a display table at Kollel bookshop a daily morning prayer book written for people like me; an answer to my prayer for a siddur I could follow without anxiety about what bits I could pray and what sections I had to leave out when […]

empowering the feminine

Rosh Hashana 5781

my task is from now, always was; i had not the words for it until recently an inclusive term for there are men who support the feminine as there are women who trample on her for greed is genderless as is lust and stinginess sitting in my hastily made sukkah for which i sacrificed a […]

Women’s Day and Evolutionary Humanism

Emhlabeni Wabantu: We are Earth People

Ownership is an interesting concept And might be the key To understanding eco-social sustainability; I find it interesting that this concept May be split from political ideology And religious identity For China is communist And capitalist at the same time; America is simultaneously democratic And imperialist Ownership is also split Between sectors And classes And […]

Between Theft and Meat Eating

JPS Tanakh -Jewish Bible

A new pattern is emerging; I wake up before dawn Write for an hour Or a thousand words Not more For I had been cheating; Pushing myself For I wanted to speed up the process Get to the finishing line For this piecemeal own purpose ‘revelation’ Requires immense patience From one who is always on […]