Welcome to The Garden
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You have found the garden where I share my essays, poems, thoughts and sometimes music. A garden is a place where things grow, die, blossom, hide, surprise, struggle, comfort, and are reborn. The garden in our yard feels like how I imagine Gan Eden (The Garden of Eden) might have felt like – a place for renewal and resourcing. I hope you find visiting The Garden a healing place for you, too.
I will share my experiences of joy and heartbreak as I work as a hospital chaplain and rabbi, as well as love and support my partner who is one of the most amazing and interesting woman I know, and, is living with cancer.
I am moved as I accompany people as they explore their spiritual lives, grieve the death of both of my parents (Mom died January 5, 2013, Dad died January 5, 2015), offer my leadership as a rabbi taking people on a Jewish spiritual journey, love my daughter, reduce the stigma of mental illness and suicide, and enjoy the precious moments life gives us.
I will share with you what is on my heart, my anger, what moves me, and the questions that are very much alive within and often spill gently and not so gently out.
I will offer healing thoughts and prayers. I hope to hear yours. Ultimately, this is all about healing. (You may not have access to sound files if you use Internet Explorer. Just use a different browser if you have problems.)
You will notice that the Torah/Life Writings page includes all blogs in that category prompted by Torah text. Torah/Life writings was inspired by a project of Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman and myself. To read her poems go to: https://omerteshuvah.wordpress.com/torahlife-writings/