Three Mothers, a Reflection on MLK Day

NARRATOR:  Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. When he was a little boy, he would play with children in the playground of all colors. He played happily with all his friends every day. Then one day, Tom and Billy didn’t come to the playground, and Martin went…

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Parashat: The Rape of Dinah

Isn’t it incredible how sharing the experience makes it easier to bear? Even when the burden is heavy, it’s easier to carry with others helping to hold the weight.We need each other. We cannot be our own witnesses and allies, we cannot be our only feedback loop. We need connection,…

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The Old Woman and Her Horse

Once there was an old woman who lived in a small village. Although poor, she was envied by all, for she owned a beautiful, white horse. A horse like this everyone wanted — such majesty and strength. People offered great wealth for the steed, but the old woman always refused….

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Parashot Toldot

Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9), is the first chapter in the story of Jacob, which is very near and dear to my heart, because I wrote a play about Jacob–in Haran–but that comes later. This parashat is the first part of that story, about Isaac’s blessing. Actually, there were three blessings….

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Aesop’s “The Ants and the Grasshopper”

Aesop tells us the story of The Ants and the Grasshopper. You probably remember it. The Ants were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The Ants inquired of him, “Why did…

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Mother/Daughter on Avram and Terach

SHELLEN: No matter how old we are, no matter how new or old the issue with which we struggle, the parent ​always​ goes half way with the child, the parent ​only​ goes half way with the child. Even when the parent is gone from the earth, even when our parents…

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