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Feldenkrais and Freedom

“Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choice. Life is not very sweet without freedom of choice.” – Moshe Feldenkrais Last fall, after a Rolfer advised me to wake up my left pinky toe to heal my tendonitis, I recommitted to daily foot exercises.  Not long after, warming … Continue reading


Ponderings: Passover in Two Places

I spent Passover’s first half in Israel.  The day of the Seder, I traveled by bus to Jerusalem’s Malcha Mall with my oldest niece. She was meeting a friend, and I was on the hunt for comfortable shoes.  At the entrance we went our separate ways.  While I failed to find footwear, I wandered around, … Continue reading

Jerusalem from the Inside of a Pool

My Zen teacher likes to say, “How we do anything is how we do everything.” If the same can be said of a society, would the workings of a single pool reflect the culture at large?  Last week I loosely considered this question while swimming almost every day at the Jerusalem Pool (it was closed … Continue reading

Of Kugel and Catholicism

On Rosh Hashanah I attended an intimate, lay-led Kabbalistic service at a private home in Denver.  I hadn’t expected food, but the hosts graciously supplied several bagel varieties, four different cream cheeses, coffee and juice.  People were milling around when I arrived so I decided to have a bite.  I placed half a sesame seed … Continue reading

Matzah: Bread of Affliction or Tool for Introspection?

Most of the year I’m an à la carte spiritual being, but there are some holidays that return me to the Jewish “camp”.  Passover is one of them.   For some Jews, after the Seder ends, Passover becomes a week of dietary torture.  Wheat and four other grains are prohibited, making meal preparation challenging if not … Continue reading

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