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Prepent: 8 of 40. Stash White Shoes? Eh.

Stash White shoes?Says who. Harvest one norm-defiance moment from your year. share with pride. #prepent5775 Social cues, local laws, religious regulations and general common sense govern our actions and generally keep us out of trouble and jail and in sync with our surroundings. The defiance of norm as an expression of individual choice and independent…

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Prepent: Day 7 of 40 — Reclaim: Labor Liberates

Labor Day is the last day of summer and the ‘here we go’ before the fall. Coinciding with Elul, this is a day to focus on what makes us get up in the morning with a song and motivation. What’s the work I was destined to do in this world to make it better? Am…

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Prepent: Day 6 of 40

Harvesting the gifts of this past year, not taking moments for granted — this is how I like to exit one year and enter another. I’m a bookworm and this was a great reading year for me — lots of books on different topics — pageturners that made me think differently about the world — and about myself and…

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Prepent: Day 4 of 40

The first shabbat of Elul brings with it the harvest of holy moments, tools, intentions from a year full of action of all sorts, from sacred to mundane and in between. Did I cultivate a habit or a way to breath and be more human this past year? more connected to my soul, the world,…

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Prepent: Day 3 of 40

James Broughton was a wild queer poet whose big joy inspired many – me among them – to live out loud, with love, more honest, unafraid. I never met him but saw BIG JOY, the film about him, several months ago. marvelous. Today I honor all who kindly rocked my world with visions. Who’s on…

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Prepent: Day 2 of 40

Someone messed up at Zara and their fall collection featuring a striped blue & white shirt with a yellow (sheriff style) star raised hell and was removed from stores. Zara apologized for being insensitive. Are Jews too sensitive about anything holocaust related? with the recent rise in anti Semitic rage. Are we right to be…

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Prepent: Day 1 of 40. Here we go.

A month ago I visited the largest church in South America — modeled after the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Sort of. The highlight is the Holy of Holies. I got to go in. What does that have to with the upcoming High Holy Days and the prepent blog/journey that starts today? it’s all about metaphor, intention,…

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Why I Prepent?

I started the Prepent blog five years ago because I wanted to prepare and practice, like a marathon runner, way ahead of the High Holy Days intensity. I like the notion that each new year gives me the option of reviewing the year that was, count my blessings, take a good look in the mirror,…

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The Day After – A Year Later: Mourning, Milestone, More…

The Day After: One Year Later
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It was packed in the funeral home: with people and with emotions. Over 300 of us gathered this past Monday night, the Ninth of Av at the Plaza Memorial Chapel on the Upper West Side, to mourn a city that was destroyed long ago, a people ravaged by tragic wars, and a ruined temple. But we were not only thinking of history: we were also weeping for cities that have suffered war in recent weeks, for people struck by current violence and for sacred care replaced by rage, violence and hatred.  This year’s fast day of Tisha B’av touched a deep chord for all of us, and as folks from Lab/Shul sat with folks from our sister congregation Romemu - it felt good to be together -honestly dealing with what’s in our hearts and minds – on the journey to healing. It’s been a rough month. Crying, singin

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Mothers Prayer for Peace – Printable Version

In response to the latest cycle of violence in the Middle East, Sheikha Ibtisam Mahameed and Rabba Tamar Elad-Appelbaum – two religious leaders from Israel who are mothers and lovers of peace composed “The Prayer of the Mothers.” They invite the recital of this prayer along with a new ritual: Inviting us all to light…