The Choreography of Davvenology
Friday May 26th 2006, 5:40 pm
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Rabbi Bill BlankTraditional Jewish prayer — davennen — is done with a few dance steps. This bit of choreography involves certain place in the daily prayer where you bow, where you take a few baby steps forward or backward, where you rise on to your tiptoes. And a rhythmic swaying — shukkling — where the body joins in to the prayer. These dance moves punctuate the prayer and transform the prayer from a wooden recital of words from the book into an act of the whole body. (more…)



Dog Rabbis and Cat Rabbis
Tuesday May 09th 2006, 1:43 pm
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Forget about Reform, Conservative or Orthodox. Rabbis really come in two flavors: dog and cat.

Both dogs and cats are wonderful pets. But they differ from one another.

Dogs are loving and loyal. When you return home, your dog does not care if you are Charles Manson or Mahatma Gandi. (more…)



So Where Has Defrocked Rabbi Been and What Happened with the Haggadah?
Thursday May 04th 2006, 2:15 pm
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It has been six months since this space has changed. Back then the energy and creativity that might have gone to keep this space fresh and worth returning to was focused onto Internet Haggadah. In case you haven’t yet read the posts below, this was a project I began several years ago: creating a Passover Haggadah that was clear, concise, direct to the point, (more…)