Tag Archive for ‘Teshuvah’

Compassion is God’s Revenge

The Ba’al Shem Tov taught: Compassion is God’s revenge. Is this not a beautiful teaching for the Jewish New Year? God doesn’t avenge. God only loves. When God feels your pain, God pours more love into the world. So don’t bother praying for God to help you harm someone. You’ll have to find a different prayer. Maybe one that asks God to help others let go of their rage, fear, […]

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How to Be Intuitive

At the Ranger Station in Glacier, WA, a slice of Douglas fir sits on a throne. Near it, an interpretive sign says: Growth rings spaced closely together indicate difficult growing periods, while rings spaced further apart indicate more prosperous seasons of development experienced by the tree.  Oh, how I empathized! I’ve had difficult and prosperous times, too. Recalling them, I cried. I reached out to the tree, touching its thick-ringed centre. Such a strong heart! I touched […]

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Pilgrimage to Forgiveness

My husband and I are on a pilgrimage to Mt. Baker. Yes, a pilgrimage. There’s nothing else to call it. From our home 100 miles away, we watch the mountain every day. A glaciated volcano, white giant, heavenly being, silent witness, prophet with a steady message: “I am here.” Or maybe just, “I am.” On a pilgrimage, one should learn something. Something spiritual. Up close, Baker seems a different mountain. […]

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Deadline: Forgiveness

It’s teshuvah time — time for repentance and return in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, the New Year. What approach should I take this year? I’ll keep it simple. I’ll try to start the new year with a clean slate. First, I’ll make a list of mistakes to correct. Borrowed books not yet returned. Student papers not yet marked. Family health insurance forms not yet filed. Friends in need not recently visited. […]

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What I Believe

Here’s a new Facebook challenge. List ten core principles of your spiritual life. Or your personal theology. Or your lived religious beliefs. Use the public language of your own religious tradition. Or the words you use when you whisper quietly to yourself. Reflect on how you think and feel today, right at this moment. Or on the commitments that have held you steady for years. Here are ten of mine, […]

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