Reb Zalman Has Gone Home

Reb Zalman speaks at a Shabbat ritual during the 2008 Peace Conference in Aspen, Colorado. Photo by Cathleen Falsani.

News just reached me that Reb Zalman (Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, one of the founders of the Jewish Renewal Movement and my rabbi's rabbi) died this morning in Colorado.He was a magnificent human being, one whose light and wisdom and grace shaped the lives of two of the most important people in mine: Rabbi Allen Secher and Rebbetzin Ina Albert.Several years ago, I spent a few magical days with Reb Zalman in Aspen and celebrated Shabbas with him at a Peace Conference — a ritual he i … [Read more...]


The curse of a journalist is never having enough room for everything in one piece. It's an art of subtraction that often is a painful but necessary practice.So here's something Nadia said that I wanted to share but didn't have space for in the original column. After her reading/riffing at All Saints last week, during the Q&A someone asked her about grief.I'm coming up on the one-year anniversary of my father's death (I loved him more than life itself) and what Nadia said is1) … [Read more...]

Dragonflies, Death, and the More

I needed to hear this today. Maybe you do, too. … [Read more...]

That’s Exactly How This Grace Thing Works & Sons - Roll Away Your StoneRoll away your stone, I'll roll away mineTogether we can see what we will findDon't leave me alone at this time,For I am afraid of what I will discover insideYou told me that I would find a hole,Within the fragile substance of my soulAnd I have filled this void with things unreal,And all the while my character it stealsDarkness is a harsh term don't you think?And yet it dominates the things I … [Read more...]

DJ JEFF’S SPINTASMS: Springsteen’s tribute to Warren Zevon ~ “My Ride’s Here”

It's been seven years (today) since Warren Zevon made his Homegoing.How appropriate that DJ Jeff popped up with Springsteen's rendition of Zevon's "My Ride's Here"?I've always loved this song. And boy do I miss Mr. Zevon and his beautiful gift of storytelling.May he be enjoying the Gloryland to the fullest.Bless him.MY RIDE'S HEREBy the late, great Warren ZevonI was staying at the MarriottWith Jesus and John WayneI was waiting for a chariotThey were waiting … [Read more...]


HEAVENBOUND: GENEVIEVE'S JOURNEY HOMEGracefully, she put her head down on the pillow, took a few gentle breaths and then she was gone.  Her spirit had moved on — passing through the veil to the eternal place where I believe a communion of saints joyfully awaited her arrival.I felt her leave.It was something I’d never experienced before this week, despite having lost many people dear to me over the years. I hadn’t been there for those moments where life moves into death and the spirit depar … [Read more...]