Friday, February 19, 2010

Nothing Less Than Gold/The Fearless Factor

What does it mean to live fearlessly? We can see in the Olympic athletes a physical fearlessness. They are totally engaged in life in the moment, and their purpose is crystal clear. Can we also live our everyday lives from that place of exquisite focus and inner power?

The activity of being alive can be a triple lutz or a downhill run. Believing in the art of the possible is a spiritual practice. To live for the gold, practice what you believe in.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Rabbi of the Month

This month, I am JDate magazine's Rabbi of the Month!

Saying Kaddish in a Blizzard

Yesterday the Washington Post published my reflections on my father's yahrzeit, which was Wednesday, in the middle of the blizzard that engulfed the Washington, D.C., area.

Also, I will be leading shabbat services at Bethesda Jewish Congregation (6601 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817) on Saturday, February 13, at 10:30 a.m., and on Friday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. I would love to see you there!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Desire is My Organizing Principle

The Talmud tells us that in the world to come, everyone will be called to account for all the desires they might have fulfilled in this world but chose not to.

Desires are sacred according to the Rabbis. Who put them there if not God herself?

There is no shame in wanting. No limitations to fulfilling our needs.

Desire is a deep expression of life.