Please install and activate Twitter for Wordpress plugin

The Edible Torah

 

Archive for the ‘crosspost’ Category

Velveteen Rabbi’s Passover Haggadah

Once again, the Velveteen Rabbi has updated her Passover Haggadah for the imminent arrival of Pesach 2012.

What’s different? According to the good Rabbi:

“…I want this edition to be user-friendly for a broad congregational audience, while still retaining the poetry and the beauty which make it my haggadah. So I trimmed it down — 48 pages instead of 82. Of course, I also wound up adding some material; I couldn’t resist!”

Read the entire description, plus download a copy from the original post.

Welcome! !ברוכים הבאים Read Me First If You’re New Here!

Welcome
Creative Commons License photo credit: disparkys

I wanted to take a minute and offer a hearty “Bruchim HaBa’im” – welcome – to any new readers who’ve wandered over here from the Cleveland Jewish News. An article that appeared in this week’s edition (“Connect with each other on CJN Connect“) listed a number of sites “by or of interest to members of the Cleveland Jewish community.”  If you want to get the latest EdibleTorah information there, click on over to CJNConnect, create an account and check out the “Chatter” section (about halfway down the page).

While I’m extremely excited to be included in the blogs listed, the others are, quite frankly, incredible and worth mention here as well:

That said, if you are new here, feel free to click around and get the lay of the land. Each Sunday morning you’ll find the food theme and invitation for the coming week.

If you want more information, you can take a quick look at “How Does This Work“, or get the full history from “And So It Begins“. Of course, there’s always the “About” page as well.

If you like what you see, you can stay in touch via Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed or good old email updates.

CROSSPOST: Not Religious, but Spiritual (and BORING)

While she hails from a different tradition, I DEEPLY appreciated Lillian Daniel’s observations, and wanted to share them during this introspective month of Elul. You can read the original post here

Riffing on Ms. Daniel’s theme, I think that Elul offers us the opportunity to explore the boundaries of what might be our comfortable habits, and approach a God who is not always convenient, not always understanding, and not always willing to forgive us offhand. We might find ourselves standing in front of a God who is justifiably upset with our behavior – individually or collectively – and wants something more than a trite “sorry”. If/When we find ourselves in that position, our responses – both active and emotion – can tell us a lot about ourselves.

Spiritual but Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me.

“On airplanes, I dread the conversation with the person who finds out I am a minister and wants to use the flight time to explain to me that he is “spiritual but not religious.” Such a person will always share this as if it is some kind of daring insight, unique to him, bold in its rebellion against the religious status quo.

Next thing you know, he’s telling me that he finds God in the sunsets. These people always find God in the sunsets. And in walks on the beach. Sometimes I think these people never leave the beach or the mountains, what with all the communing with God they do on hilltops, hiking trails and . . . did I mention the beach at sunset yet?

Like people who go to church don’t see God in the sunset! Like we are these monastic little hermits who never leave the church building. How lucky we are to have these geniuses inform us that God is in nature. As if we don’t hear that in the psalms, the creation stories and throughout our deep tradition.

Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me. There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself. What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you on stuff, or heaven forbid, disagree with you. Where life with God gets rich and provocative is when you dig deeply into a tradition that you did not invent all for yourself.

Thank you for sharing, spiritual but not religious sunset person. You are now comfortably in the norm for self-centered American culture, right smack in the bland majority of people who find ancient religions dull but find themselves uniquely fascinating. Can I switch seats now and sit next to someone who has been shaped by a mighty cloud of witnesses instead? Can I spend my time talking to someone brave enough to encounter God in a real human community?  Because when this flight gets choppy, that’s who I want by my side, holding my hand, saying a prayer and simply putting up with me, just like we try to do in church.

Prayer

Dear God, thank you for creating us in your image and not the other way around. Amen.”

Chosen, Choosing, Choices

Over on Open Source Judaism, Aaron has taken a look at the whole “Chosen People” topic, viewed through the lens of Harry Potter (also Chosen, but not quite in the same way).

One of his points caught my eye:

“We became chosen because God chose us. Nothing more, nothing less.”

I take issue with that idea – we weren’t just lucky winners in some galactic lottery. As I said in my comment on his site:

“…We had to opt-in first.

I never get chosen to be pitcher on the baseball team. Why? I never show up to practice. I actually have no interest in being on the team (or at least, not enough interest to get my butt off the couch and get to the field). So I can’t be chosen for anything.

The Israelites made the trek – whether you want to see it as physical or spiritual – to a new place, a place that was outside the conventions of the time, unclaimed by anyone, in the middle of nowhere.

They came and met The Coach even without knowing the exact rules of the game, but knowing they wanted to be part of it.

And THEN they were chosen. It took nothing more than that, but it also took nothing less.”

You can view the entire thing – including all the comments here.

Meanwhile, what do YOU think? Feel free to comment here or there.

Welcome to CJN Readers!

Welcome
Creative Commons License photo credit: disparkys

I wanted to take a minute and offer a hearty “Bruchim HaBa’im” – welcome –  to any new readers who’ve wandered over here from the Cleveland Jewish News.

An article that appeared in this week’s edition (“Foods That Elevate“) profiles the early years of the EdibleTorah experience, and how it went from an informal social gathering into the trend-setting cultural phenomenon it is today.

…or something like that.

If you are new here, feel free to click around and get the lay of the land. You will see a lot of posts labeled “OmerChallenge” because I’m wrapping up a 49-day blogging challenge, where I posted one short piece every day. Each Sunday morning you’ll find the food theme and invitation for the coming week.

If you want more information, you can take a quick look at “How Does This Work“, or get the full history from “And So It Begins“. Of course, there’s always the “About” page as well.

If you like what you see, you can stay in touch via Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed or good old email updates. There’s also a chance to sign up for the weekly Email newsletter, which contains a brief wrap up of the posts that week, the food theme and invitation, and discussion questions you can use to keep the conversation going.