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September 18, 2018
Ready or Not for the Days of Awe
By now, I could have read Psalm 27 at least twenty-seven times, once a day...
August 16, 2018
A Letter To Stephen Dunn
Dear Steve, I’ve had to look away for most of three decades now—away from your...
July 23, 2018
Welcome to Tel Aviv
Early on Friday morning, the first full day of my recent trip to Israel with...
June 18, 2018
Yehuda Amichai: My One Poet
If I could have only one poet, I’d choose Yehuda Amichai. He’s the poet of...
May 29, 2018
Mother’s house is not a house. Mother’s house is not a cave. Mother’s house is...
December 26, 2017
Jews Without Jerusalem
Unimaginable. That’s precisely why I will imagine it. Shake them, shake the books, shake the...
November 09, 2017
Everything I Know
Everything I know fits inside my body, but where does my body end? Is it...
October 09, 2017
To Be Born Again
The day after Yom Kippur 5778 When I finish being born for the fourth...
September 25, 2017
Questions for the One Who Waits
Psalm 27 is read by Jews from the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul...
August 23, 2017
The Sweetness These Days
On the phone, he says, Your mother throws me over her shoulder and carries...
July 31, 2017
Who Is This Aliveness I Am?
I am alive. I am alive. I am alive. Who is this aliveness I...
July 06, 2017
How To Intuit a Book Title
How do poets and writers choose their book titles? I didn’t have a good answer...
June 05, 2017
On the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War
What I didn’t know in June of 1967 was that this month and year for...
May 01, 2017
Passover and Government Presence
“In what ways do you experience the presence of government—city, county, state, federal—in your life,...
April 10, 2017
Dancing with Words During National Poetry Month
Here’s your assignment. Choose a poem you’ve written (it could be any piece of writing,...
March 23, 2017
Love Nailed to the Doorpost
The commandment to love is nailed to my doorpost. Ritualistically written on a little piece...
March 02, 2017
I Am an American
I refresh the page, I refresh the page, I turn away for a few minutes,...
January 30, 2017
The Next Abraham
A few days ago, I was blessed to be present at my grandson Abraham’s bris,...
January 04, 2017
A Song of Songs for These American Days
With thanks and apologies to the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Emily Dickinson, Neil Young, Wallace Stevens,...
November 14, 2016
How Do You Write?
Do you write with a pen? Do you write with the wind? Do you pray...
October 17, 2016
Traveling Through These Days of Awe
I’m in a plane ascending to 37,000 feet. How restless have I been this year?...
September 27, 2016
Getting Close to You, God: A Meditation During the Month of
“You are my light and my help / Whom should I fear?” Thus begins Norman...
September 06, 2016
Of Cookbooks and Lynchings
“Men and women in automobiles stood up to watch him die.” That’s the sentence one...
August 10, 2016
You Must Be Present to Learn
For the past five years, I’ve been experimenting with the use of contemplative practices in...
July 21, 2016
My Money, My Life
My money is the Tao te Ching, translated and introduced by David Hinton. My $12.87...
June 30, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 3
Continued from yesterday and Tuesday. In Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape,...
June 29, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. I dive into the pool. My body remembers water. My body remembers...
June 28, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 1
I remember my social security number. I remember the combination to a lock—13 right, 27...
June 09, 2016
The Best Conditions for Work
For William Carlos Williams I work best alone. In an empty house. When I’m ready...
May 11, 2016
My Prayer Is Not Prayer
My prayer is not prayer, not exactly. It includes words. It may even begin with...
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