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Flight of the alone to the Alone

Flight of the alone to the Alone

WHAT is prayer?

It is the defeat of the illusion of human community. For the human condition, as the Greek philosopher Plotinus said, is the flight of the alone to the Alone.

Prayer is the periodic hopscotch to the ultimate loneliness, and the ultimate union. Prayer prefigures the conclusion of life and animates the path of life.

Prayer is paradox, for we pray from out of our inescapable existential aloneness in order to transcend it. We pray for everything that connects us. For children. For family. For community.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:05 )

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View From Denver

Where is G-d?

Where is G-d?WHERE is G-d? The Kotzker Rebbe answered, “wherever you let Him in.” It’s a poignant response, but it really answers a different question, “where is G-dliness?” “Where is G-d” is a philosophical question with a poetic and profound answer in Rashi, based on a phrase in this week’s Torah portion. Due to its pithiness and poetry, this is my favorite Rashi in the Torah. Exodus 33:21-23 reads: “ . . . Behold! there is a place near Me; you [Moses] may stand on the rock. When My gl...
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View from Central Park

Smitten by winter’s charm

I can’t imagine anything coming closer to Disneyland for snow sports enthusiasts than the SnowSports Industry of America (SIA), this year celebrating it’s 60th anniversary. Its snow show was hosted at the beginning of the month at the Colorado Convention Center, and it was awesome! For us Coloradans who have Snow White or Heidi living within us, the show was a joy. The event was kicked off with a Send Off to Sochi ceremony, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between the SIA and Olympic...
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Voice from Israel

Vienna and Jerusalem

On a recent trip to Vienna, I found myself wandering the streets of the Innere Stadt late at night. I was struck by a certain incongruity. Everything above eye level was German to the core: its language, its architecture, and its ever-present tributes to great kings, princes, composers, and artists. Yet at street level, storefronts, kiosks, and conversations expressed a wide variety of languages and places of origin. Vienna’s multiculturalism is no accident. For most of the second half of the...
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View From Denver

The timely absence of Moses

The timely absence of MosesFROM the time of his birth until the end of the Torah, Moses is mentioned in every Torah portion except one: this one. The question is twofold: Why should Moses be omitted from any portion of the Torah? He was the leader of the exodus, the recipient of the Divine revelation, the arbiter of disputes within the Jewish people. He was the central figure in the Torah. If we can figure out why Moses was omitted, is there a reason why he was omitted from this week’s Torah portion in particular, and...
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